New stallion is the “mane” attraction
Thursday 9 August 2007
Size really doesn’t matter if you’re the only stallion with three mares to choose from. That’s the lucky position little Nikki finds himself in at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
The male Przewalski’s horse has just been introduced to the herd of females in the large paddock at the Asia drive-through with the hope that he will mate and the zoo will soon hear the patter of tiny hooves.
Mares Attie, Jane and Tuli are all in tip top condition for breeding and the zoo has been given the go-ahead to breed as part of the European breeding programme.
Hence male Nikki, from Mautern Zoo in Austria, has been introduced to do a bit of speed dating and hopefully take his pick of the ladies.
Malcolm Fitzpatrick, ZSL curator of mammals, said: “It is fantastic to have a Przewalski’s stallion at Whipsnade, giving us the opportunity to breed from such a fine, rare species."