Endangered Przewalski's Horse Foal Born at Conservation Center

A Przewalski's horse foal was one of three rare animals born the evening of July 9 at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park Conservation and Research Center (CRC) in Front Royal, Va. On the same night, the Park also welcomed a clouded leopard cub and a red panda cub.

Przewalski's horse foal

Brandy and foal

Keepers closely watched female Przewalski's horse Brandy for the past several weeks as they realized a birth was imminent. The foal was seen nursing soon after birth, which indicates the mother and offspring are bonding well.

Przewalski's horses are critically endangered--only a few hundred reintroduced animals live in protected areas in their native China and Mongolia. The National Zoo is at the forefront of Przewalski's horse conservation, which includes detailed reproductive studies of the herd at CRC, leading the Przewalski's Horse North American Species Survival Plan and using technology to study their movements in the wild.

The leopard and red panda cubs were also doing well, as of a July 13 statement from the zoo.

The newborns will not be on exhibit at CRC. However, visitors may get an up-close look at Przewalski's horses, clouded leopards, and red pandas at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

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