Pony

Latin Name
Equus caballus

Class
Mammals

Order
Perissodactyla

Description

Ponies are descendants of wild horses, with thicker manes, tails and coats than their cousins along with shorter legs and stockier frames. There are many breeds of pony, displaying varied physical traits. Lincoln Park Zoo exhibits shetland and pinto ponies.


 

Range

Throughout the world


Status

Thriving


Habitat

Domestic settings and in varied wild settings


Niche

Ponies are commonly used for labor, for riding and showing.


Life History

Foals are born in the spring. Young males are labeled colts; young females are fillies. Young mature at 18 months, though will continue growing for years.


Special Adaptations
  • Like their handlers, ponies' temperaments vary. Some are considered intelligent, others stubborn.
  • Most pony breeds are incredibly strong for their size.


Lincoln Park Zoo Exhibit