Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Rebuilding in the Wild
Habitat loss and competition with livestock caused drastic declines in Pzrewalski's horses. Declared extinct in the wild in the 1960s, zoo breeding programs rebuilt populations from 14 individuals.
Successful breeding programs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) help maintain a healthy and genetically diverse population. In July 2013, SCBI celebrated a breakthrough with the birth of a Przewalski's horse via artificial insemination.
Przewalski's horses are being reintroduced to protected areas in their native range. SCBI scientists monitor the horses' movements using camera traps and satellite tracking collars. The information gathered helps us better understand threats to the horses' long-term survival. The goal is to support and expand self-sustaining herds in the wild.
Captions from photos on the marker:
The first foal produced via artificial insemination
This family group, including one horse wearing a tracking collar, was photographed by a camera trap in the Kalamaili Nature Reserve in China.
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° 55.849′ Touch for map. On the grounds of the Smithsonian National Zoological Garden. Marker is at or near this postal address: 95 Olmsted Walk, Washington DC 20008, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Capital Bird (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Smithsonian's National Zoo (about 500 feet away); Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (about 500 feet away); Aldabra Tortoise (about 600 feet away); House Remodeling (about 600 feet away); The O-Line (about 700 feet away); It's Our 125th Birthday! (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smithsonian National Zoo.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 17, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.