Two foals were born at a wild horse breeding center in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region earlier October, with more expected this year, Chinanews.com reported.
The birth of two female Przewalski’s horses on October 9 and 13 respectively brought the total number in Xinjiang to 379, said Zhang Hefan, senior researcher at Xinjiang Wild Horse Breeding and Research Center.
Zhang said that females can give birth from the age of three, and have a gestation period of around 11 months. The peak period for reproduction is usually from April to May every year.
Some 36 foals have been born at the center so far this year; 24 of them have been released into the wild, he said.
According to Zhang Hefan, Przewalski’s horses are rarer and more endangered than giant pandas. The species historically lived on grasslands that are now part of Xinjiang and Mongolia, and have faced extinction after over-hunting since the early 19th century. The breed was reintroduced to Xinjiang and Gansu Province from stock captive-bred in Europe in the 1980s. There are only 2,000 Przewalski’s horses left in the world.
The 2018 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) annual conference is scheduled for April 8 to 11 in Boao, Hainan Province. The forum will be themed "An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity."
— The Daily Mail - People's Daily