An explosion of foals in Dolní Dobřejov, moving Przewalski’s horses from Troja

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12. 05. 2021


The first Przewalski’s horse foal was born in Prague Zoo’s breeding station in Dolní Dobřejov on April 16th. The second one saw the light of day on Saturday. Monday was marked by the birth of no less than two foals! According to the keepers, there are three fillies and one colt.

The oldest of the foals, which was born on 16 April, is the only one to move away from its mother and is starting to frolic around the plains of Dobřejov. Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo The oldest of the foals, which was born on 16 April, is the only one to move away from its mother and is starting to frolic around the plains of Dobřejov. Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

"The foal boom in Dolní Dobřejov is reaching its peak, just when we are preparing to reconstruct their enclosures and stables in the Zoo’s grounds in Troja, and when the “Troja” Przewalski’s are moving to Dobřejov,” said Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo’s director. "This will be the first stage of the transformation of the “Planes”, i.e. the area between the cable car’s upper station and the Obora refreshment stand, which will be dedicated exclusively to Asian fauna and, once completed, will offer, among other things, an exhibition of Indian rhinoceroses.”

Only one of the four foals is a colt. He was born on Monday to the mare Rosina and is seen here accompanied by the yearling Yzop. Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo Only one of the four foals is a colt. He was born on Monday to the mare Rosina and is seen here accompanied by the yearling Yzop. Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

The reconstruction of the area for the Przewalski’s horse in Troja will be preceded by an extension of the underground water reservoir for utility water. All the work will be carried out during the normal day-to-day running of the zoo and after completion, visitors to the enclosures for the Przevalský horses will be able to see a new exhibition presenting smaller Mongolian fauna, including the legendary Mongolian Death-worm or olgoi khorkhoi.

"Although visitors will not be able to see the Przewalski’s horses in the Zoo’s grounds in Troja for about two years, a certain substitute can be found at Prague’s Dívčí hrady, where four mares of the Przewalski’s horse roam in an almost 20-hectare enclosure,” added Miroslav Bobek.

“Saturday’s” filly with her mother Xenie. Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo.“Saturday’s” filly with her mother Xenie. Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo.