Przewalski's horse (Asian wild horse)

At the Detroit Zoo
Two Przewalski's horses share a habitat with the camels across from the Horace H. Rackham Memorial Fountain. Male Chaka (born in 1987) has lived at the Detroit Zoo since 1990 and female Lily (born in 1991) arrived in 2010. Chaka follows his keeper around in search of more treats, while Lily either keeps to herself or stays close to Chaka. Together they only have one good pair of eyes; Lily is blind in one eye and Chaka is missing an eye.


The Przewalski’s horse is characterized by its short, muscular body and erect mane. Smaller than most domesticated horses, it has a pale belly and beige to reddish-brown coat that is short during summer and thicker and longer in winter.




Scientific name: Equus caballus przewalskii
Continent: Asia
Habitat: Vegetation, shrub land and plains
Size: 4 feet tall at the shoulder
Weight: 450-750 pounds
Diet: The horse is an herbivore, eating grasses and other vegetation.
Reproduction: Gestation 11 to 12 months; single foal
Lifespan: 20-25 years
Conservation Status: Endangered



Also known as the Asian wild horse, the species has never been trained for riding, which means it is the only wild horse in existence.


Only 1,500 individuals exist worldwide, with 250 in the wild.


The name refers to the Russian explorer Nikolai Przewalski who first discovered the subspecies in the 1870s.