Zoo Animals



Equus caballus

At the Detroit Zoo
Former racehorses Trio and Buster were rescued by the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) and landed a cushy retirement at the Detroit Zoo in 2009. Many horses are retired from the racing industry each year, but few are as fortunate as Trio and Buster to live the good life in the Zoo’s Barn along with the belted Galloway steer, miniature donkeys, domestic yak, pigs and other barnyard animals. Trio is a chestnut gelding with white markings on his face and Buster is a bay-colored gelding, that is, the darker of the two.


The Thoroughbred horse is best known for being used in horse racing. It is most often bay, chestnut, seal brown, black or gray in color. The Thoroughbred horse tends to be high-spirited, fast and very athletic.

Fun Facts

  • A Thoroughbred horse weighing 1,000 pounds requires 10-12 gallons of water per day.