Pony in exhibit
Scientific Name
Equus caballus
Throughout the world
Domestic settings and in varied wild settings
Estimated Wild Population
Pony in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Not Listed Endangered Status Graph - Not Listed

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Ponies are descendants of wild horses but have thicker manes, tails, and coats, along with shorter legs and stockier frames. There are many breeds of pony, but only shetland and pinto ponies live at Lincoln Park Zoo. Ponies are commonly used for labor, riding, and showing. Young males are referred to as colts, while young females are called fillies. Offspring mature after 18 months but will continue growing for years.

Like their handlers, ponies have different temperaments from individual to individual. Some are considered intelligent, and others stubborn.

Shetland ponies are naturally docile and have good endurance, making them desirable pack animals.

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