Tianshan Wildlife Park welcomes four Przewalski's horse foals in NW China
Updated 14:00, 08-Jul-2019
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Four rare Przewalski's horse foals have been born in the Tianshan Wildlife Park in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region this month.

The Przewalski's horse, named after its Russian discoverer, is an endangered species native to the desert grassland of Central Asia. In Xinjiang, the species mainly inhabit the northern Junggar Basin. It is considered the only wild horse in existence today.

A photo taken on July 6, 2019 shows wild horses at a wild animal park on the southern foot of Tianshan Mountain in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. /Xinhua Photo

A photo taken on July 6, 2019 shows wild horses at a wild animal park on the southern foot of Tianshan Mountain in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. /Xinhua Photo

As of May, when the breeding season of the horses started, eight foals were born in the wildlife park. There are still two mares awaiting delivery in the park, said Ding Xinmin, deputy director of the wildlife park, adding that this year the park will see more foals born here than ever before.

The rare horses faced extinction in the wake of rampant hunting beginning in the early 19th century. China started a breeding program in 1986 using 24 horses brought back from Britain and Germany to repopulate the subspecies.

A Przewalski’s horse. /VCG Photo

A Przewalski’s horse. /VCG Photo

The wild horse breeding research center at the Kalamaili State Nature Reserve in northern Xinjiang is the largest center of its kind in Asia. It has worked toward restoring the population of wild horses.

Since 2004, the research center has sent more than 60 Przewalski's horses to Tianshan Wildlife Park as they have cooperated on releasing the Przewalski's horses into the wild.

Przewalski's horses found in Hustai Nuruu in Mongolia. /VCG Photo

Przewalski's horses found in Hustai Nuruu in Mongolia. /VCG Photo

A total of 703 Przewalski's horse foals have been born in Xinjiang since 1986 and there are about 2,000 Przewalski's horses in the world today.

A Przewalski's horse is looking through fence for food. /VCG Photo

A Przewalski's horse is looking through fence for food. /VCG Photo

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(Cover: A Przewalski horse stands with its one day old foal in the bison enclosure in Springe on August 15, 2013, Germany. /VCG Photo)

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Source(s): Xinhua News Agency