Two takhi foals have been welcomed at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
The foals – one male and one female – were born on December 17 and 19, bringing the number of new babies born at in the Wild Herds exhibit this year to six.
There are now 15 takhi horses at the zoo.
Takhi, previously known as Przewalski’s Horses, are classified as endangered but were once extinct in the wild. Prior to reintroduction programs in the early 1990s, Takhi were last seen in the wild in the Gobi Desert in south Mongolia.
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Their numbers dwindled as a result of human interference, such as poaching and capture. Today their main threats are habitat loss and low genetic diversity.
Keeper Jacinta Vaughan said it had been a successful year for the breeding program.
“The zoo has also opened a Wild Herds precinct which really highlights this species, the zoo’s successful breeding program and its role in assisting to bring the species back from extinction in the wild,” she said.
The last two foals were born in October.