Przewalski horses are endangered. San Diego scientists created a clone

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Only 2000 Przewalski horses currently exist in the world. They’re native to central Asia. Photo by Pixabay

Przewalski horses, wild horses that are native to central Asia, are critically endangered. Only 2000 of them remain. So scientists at the San Diego Zoo figured out how to diversify the gene pool. They cloned cells from a stallion 40 years ago, and planted them in a domestic mare. Now this cloned horse, named Kurt, is 2 months old and healthy.

Credits

Guest:
Megan Owen - Ph.D, corporate director of wildlife conservation science for San Diego Zoo Global

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Caleigh Wells, Angie Perrin