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Endangered Asian Wild Horse born at El Paso Zoo

An Asian Wild Horse has been born at the El Paso Zoo.

The species has come close to extinction, zoo officials said.

Mother Brianna gave birth to a female on April 25. The foal named Misha will be on exhibit for a limited number of hours from Friday through Monday over Memorial Day weekend.

“It is great to be able to be at this next step in our survival plan,” El Paso Zoo Animal Curator John Kiseda said. “Producing a youngster is important for maintaining and hopefully enhancing the genetic variability within the population. It’s great for our guests to see our work with an endangered species.”

The zoo acquired a male Asian Wild Horse in 2016 from the Minnesota Zoo and the mother, also that year, from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute for Species Survival.

Misha is not the only birth at the zoo linked to a critically endangered species. The zoo welcomed an addax named Chopper in February.

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