Long lanky legged foals join the herd

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Thursday, 07 Aug 2014

The Highland Wildlife Park welcomes the births of two Eastern kiang foals which were born only one day apart. Mothers Boshay and Cin-tsha gave birth on the 21 and 22 June respectively. Although they are yet to be sexed and named, we know already the foal born to Boshay is male.

Douglas Richardson, Head of Living Collections for the Highland Wildlife Park, comments:

"Although currently not threatened in the wild, kiang are still fairly uncommon in zoological collections and we are justifiably proud of our success with this species.  The two foals, like all other young equids, were up and following their mothers very shortly after birth.  Their legs appear disproportionately long so that they can keep-up with the herd.  Our herd of kiang shares a large enclosure with a herd of yak and a trio of Bactrian camels, and only the camels show any interest in the kiang foals by occasionally chasing them for short distances." 

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Long lanky legged foals join the herd

Date:        Thursday 7 August 2014

Time:        9:30am

Where:   Highland Wildlife Park

Kincraig, Kingussie,

Inverness-shire PH21 1NL

 (Please arrive by the service road) 

Notes to editors

  • Kiang, the largest species of wild ass, are from the high Tibetan plateau and live at elevations up to 5,000 meters / 16,500 feet on alpine grasslands
  • Their reddish brown coat sharply contrasts with pure white underparts, and a dark dorsal stripe along their spine. Their summer coat is short and sparse compared to the very long, thick, browner winter coat.
  • Kiang live in very close herds which never become scattered. Led by an old female, the herds travel in single file, and the members appear to do everything - including eating, drinking, turning, and running - in unison
  • During August and September, the only time when vegetation is plentiful in the wild, kiangs may gain up to 40-45 kg in weight. They eat grasses and low growing plants and they feed primarily at night in the wild.

About the Highland Wildlife Park

  • The Highland Wildlife Park is owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), a registered charity, charity no SC004064.  For further information on all our conservation projects and events, please visit our websites www.highlandwildlifepark.org

    or www.rzss.org.uk

  • You can also find the Highland Wildlife Park on social media:

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  • The Highland Wildlife Park specialises in Scottish species, past and present, and other cold weather adapted animals from around the world.
  • In June 2012 the Highland Wildlife Park celebrated its 40th anniversary.  Opened in 1972, the Park covers over 200 acres and is located within the Cairngorms National Park.

The Highland Wildlife Park is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).  BIAZA represents its member collections and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums.  For further information please telephone 020 7449 6351.

For further information please contact:

Amanda Dunbar, PR Coordinator at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland on 0131 314 0383 or adunbar@rzss.org.uk

Rachel Goddard, PR Manager at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland on 0131 314 0312 or rgoddard@rzss.org.uk

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