Latin name: Equus ferus
A Successful Reintroduction!
- This is a small prehistoric wild horse with short legs and a stocky neck and body.
- In winter, its coat lengthens and thickens more than for any other equine. This protective coat is waterproof thanks to natural fats that help keep the horse warm.
- It can reach a speed of 64 km/hr. It is a great traveler as it can cover dozens of kilometers in a single day in order to find food or water.
- Cave paintings in Western Europe suggest that this horse occupied the steppes, from Spain to China, 20,000 years ago.
- Having completely disappeared from the wild in 1969, it was successfully reintroduced thanks to individuals born in zoos. The wild population is slowly increasing (387 individuals in 2014). The world population is estimated at about 2,000 individuals. Loss of habitat remains a pervasive threat