Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 25th, 2008
The Przewalski’s horse, a Pleistocene megafauna survivor, extinct in the wild, can be called a “living fossil,” in the popularized employment of that phrase. Certainly, this horse is of interest to cryptozoologists, as mentioned earlier.
The species (Equus ferus przewalskii, Equus caballus przewalskii, or Equus przewalski poliakov – classification is debated) is the last truly wild horse, first recognized by zoology in Mongolia in 1881.
But if you live in or visit Scotland, you can see another unique wild horse that will soon be placed on exhibition at the Edinburgh zoo.
The Gobi Kulan or Dziggetai, Equus hemionus luteus (above).
The Mongolian Wild Ass (Equus hemionus hemionus, also called Khulan) is a subspecies of the Onager. It may be synonymous with the Gobi Kulan or Dziggetai subspecies (Equus hemionus luteus).
Kulan were once widespread over an immense region of the Gobi, but now are found only in small localized pockets in central Mongolia, after their numbers were cut by hunting and competition for water.
A small group of Kulan are expected to arrive at the Edinburgh Zoo later in 2008.