Odd-Toed Hoofed Mammals
An Introduction to Horses
Horses, zebras, and asses all belong to the Family Equidae, also referred to as equids. Equids are beautiful, captivating mammals that have long slender legs, a stocky body, and long, narrow heads.
The critically endangered black rhinoceros inhabits eastern and southern Africa. The black rhinoceros has poor eyesight but acute hearing and sense of smell. It has a hooked upper lip that enables it to grasp vegetation and strip leaves from stems and branches.
Burchell's zebras are odd-toed ungulates that belong to the horse family. They have black and white stripes that cover their body and a black and white mane of stiff hair that stands up along the back of their neck.
Domestication of Horses
Domestication is the process by which humans take wild species and acclimatize them to breeding and surviving in captivity. In many cases, domesticated animals serve some purpose for humans (food source, labor, companionship).
Przewalski's Wild Horse
Przewalski's wild horse is a stout, pony-like horse that stands about 122cm (4ft) at the shoulders and weighs between 200kg-300kg (440lbs-660lbs). It has a long, broad head, powerful jaws, and a stiff black mane. Its ears are long and stand up straight.
Somali Wild Ass
The Somali wild ass is a subspecies of donkey (Equus asinus). The Somali wild assgrows to 125cm-145cm (4.2ft-5.5ft) at the shoulder and has a light grey to fawn color coat of short, sleek fur.
Tapirs are a family of hooed mammals that inhabit the forests of South and Central America and Souteast Asia. These pig-like mammals spend a great deal of their time in water where they enjoy safety from predators such as jaguars.
The white rhinoceros, also known as the square-lipped rhinoceros, is a large herbivore and one of five living species of rhinoceroses.