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Przewalski's horse

Przewalski's horse
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Copyright: Joanna Wieczorek (cafecrem) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1201 W: 60 N: 1392] (9248)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01
Camera: Olympus 765UZ
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-10 7:28
Viewed: 4880
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Przewalski's Horse (Equus przewalskii or E. caballus przewalskii), pronounced "(p)she-VAHL-skeez horse", also known as the Mongolian Wild Horse, or Takhi, is the closest living relative of the Domestic Horse and may in fact be the same species. Authorities differ about the correct classification. The two are the only equids that can cross-breed and produce fertile offspring.

As of 2002, the world population of these horses is about 1,000, all descended from approximately 15 captured around 1900 and bred in zoos.

The horse is named after Russian General Nikolai Przhevalsky (Przewalski) (1839–1888) who was also an explorer and naturalist (the "Przewalski" spelling is actually Polish). He described the horse in 1881, after having gone on an expedition to find it, based on rumours of its existence. Many horses were captured around 1900 and placed in zoos. Of these, about twelve to fifteen bred and formed today's population.

The population declined in the 20th century due to a combination of factors, and the wild population in Mongolia died out in the 1960s. The last herd was sighted in 1967 and the last individual horse in 1969. Expeditions after this failed to find any.

The unique characteristics of the horse itself made it particularly valuable to hunters. The horse would eat grass, and the chlorophyll would release from the chloroplasts inside their mouths, creating a thick green mucus stored in the back of their throats. Hunters would kill the horses for the mucus, as it was thought to cure a virus circulating at the time of the rapid declination of the species.

In 1977, the "Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Przewalski Horse" was founded, which started a program of exchange between the captive populations to reduce inbreeding, and later starting a breeding program of its own. In 1992, the Foundation released sixteen horses into the wild in Mongolia, followed by further batches later on. The reintroduced horses have been breeding successfully.

The area to which they were reintroduced became Hustai National Park in 1998.

There are reports of one or more herds introduced to Ukraine in the area evacuated after the Chernobyl accident, which now serves as a deserted de facto natural preserve.

Three of these horses now graze in a 49,000 m˛ paddock in the Clocaenog Forest in North Wales, UK, on the site of a former Neolithic or Iron Age settlement. They were introduced there in 2004. The Forestry Commission hopes they will help recreate scenes from the Iron Age when these horses roamed Britain freely.

In the wild, Przewalski's Horses live in social groups consisting of a dominant male, several mares, and their offspring. Each group has a well-defined home range; within the range, the herd travels between three and six miles a day, spending time grazing, drinking, using salt licks, dozing, and taking mud baths. At night, the herd clusters and sleeps for about four hours.

red45, hummingbird24, chiliu, Dave, petrudamsa, Nico, marhowie, wallhalla15, Robbrown, dew77, Janice, honza, Signal-Womb, PDP, Rita, lovenature has marked this note useful
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A friendly looking creature, Joanna.

Excellent details, color, lighting and cropping in this well composed photo.

You have caught his attention well, and I enjoyed the interesting note.

Great job, thank you.

Hi Joanna,
Excellent capture of this Mongolian horse with sharp detail and great colour,
thanks for that interesting note.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-10 8:27]

Hi Joanna,
Nice portrait of this wild horse!
And, super informative note!!!
Too bad the chainlink fence is in the BG...;-(
All else looks good...;-)

Hi Joanna,

Excellent portrait of the Horse and well done on the image. It's giving you the eye.


Nice, very nice portrait. And this is quite different from what you usually post.

Regards, Petru

Wonderful capture with a great POV.
Colors are good.

thanks Ana:)

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-01-10 10:26]

Good portrait of this, to me, strange looking horse. TFS.

Very good detail, exposure, color and well composed Joanna. Excellent note on this specie of horse. Well done!
Thank You.

hi joanna
tres beau portrait,ce cheval a l'air de poser.bravo.

Hello Joanna, this is a wonderful portrait about the Przewalski Horse. Brilliant colours and lighting. Excellent details and sharpness. Great POV, an excellent composition. I saw this beautiful horses in Sababurg-Animal-Park. Near my hometown there are living some Tarpan horses. Thanks for posting.

Its good to see a genuine wild horse species on site.
Nice clear portrate of it though one might wish the mesh fence was more out of focus so that the man made bit of it's surounding were not visible. though you could mannually try and blurr it out. TFS

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-01-10 13:41]

świetny portret, konik ciekawy był Ciebie, bdb ostrość i kolory. Dobra robota.
Pozdr. Al.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-10 15:33]

Hello Joanna!
Very nice portrait.POV,sharpness,clear details,framing,composition and your note are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-10 17:14]

Hi Joanna, I love horses and wish I could go horseriding again one day. And what interesting notes you have posted too. Good to know all that about this lovely horse. I guessed Greg wouldn't be a horse-lover!!

Great shot of this wonderful Przewalski Horse Joanna, you show him off well for us. His colours and fur look good. And he is looking right at you too. Well done,

Hi Joanna,
Very little time tonight. Well worth a big green smile.
Thanks for posting

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-01-11 3:56]

Hi Przewalski! I'm not big fan of horses, but this one looks good. At least he was calm, standed in one place and let us make few photos ;-) Beautifull, sunny colours and pose.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-01-11 6:33]

Very nice portrait of the rare horse. Nice sharpness and colors.

Hello Joanna, great portrait and great exposure and sharpness of image. Very interesting horse and a great note to inform us. excellent post.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-11 15:19]

Hello Joanna, it's a nice shot. He looks like he has got some food stocked up in his cheeks :-) Good protrait and details. Good note! Well done.

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-01-12 15:50]

Excellent shot with great colour and detail, like the complementary colours of yellowish horse and blueish snow in the BG.

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  • olar Gold Star Critiquer [C: 137 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-01-16 3:27]

Konie są takie malownicze i mile. Ten wprost zacheca zeby na niego wsiasc i pocwalowac gdzies w dal.

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  • Rita Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 31 W: 18 N: 30] (116)
  • [2006-09-05 16:40]

Magnifica! Perfect framing, perfect texture! a photo 10 ***! One more time, Congratulations!

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