The Marking Behavior of Male Przewalski’s Horses
At the time of their discovery in 1878, the distribution of Przewalski’s horses (Equus przewalskii) was restricted to Mongolia, although they may once have ranged more widely (Mohr, 1971). Currently, Przewalski’s horses are extinct in the wild; the world population of 600 animals exists wholly in zoos and all of these animals are descended from 13 founders. Przewalski’s horses may be the ancestors of domestic horses (E. caballus), with whom they are cross-fertile. Like domestic horses they have a non-territorial harem social organization. The breeding season is from March through July, and the gestation period is 11 months.
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