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Wild Horse

The Wild Horse (Equus ferus) is a member of the Horse genus and was found in Europe and Asia.

The true wild horse is not merely a feral horse like the Mustang; a true wild horse is one that was never successfully domesticated.

Two species or subspecies (taxonomy is debated) of wild horses survived into modern times: The Tarpan or Eurasian Wild Horse (Equus ferus ferus), and the Przewalski's Horse or Mongolian Wild Horse (classification disputed, either Equus ferus przewalskii or Equus przewalskii).

The Tarpan became extinct in 1875.

The Przewalski's Horse is still found today, though it is an endangered species and for a time was considered extinct in the wild.

Roughly 1500 animals are protected in zoos around the world, and today, a small breeding population has been reintroduced in Mongolia.

As of 2005, a cooperative venture between the Zoological Society of London and Mongolian Scientists has resulted in a free-ranging population of 248 animals in the wild.

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