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Panorama of a Safari Park field exhibit with giraffes, water buffalo, and rhinos

Przewalski’s Horse

Przewalski’s Horse

How do you say Przewalski's horse? It is pronounced sheh-VAL-skee or per-zhuh-VAL-skee or even PREZ-val-skee, depending on the speaker. It is also known as the Asiatic wild horse or Mongolian wild horse. No matter what you call it, the Przewalski's horse is the closest living relative of the domestic horse.

The Przewalski's horse is stocky, short, and pot-bellied in comparison to its domestic and wild cousins. It has a spiky mane like a zebra. All Przewalski's horses have a light belly and darker back, with a dark stripe on the back from the withers to the base of the tail. Unlike their horsey cousins, they don't have the lock of hair on the forehead.

The Safari Park has a dozen or so Przewalski's horses. The females and herd stallion live in a large enclosure beside the Asian field exhibit. You can see them during a Behind-the-Scenes Safari or Cart Safari.

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