Hoofed animals are known as even-toed ungulates, belonging to the order Artiodactyla. Hoofed animals are generally herbivorous mammals that may live in large herds. A number of hoofed animals have huge horns. During the mating season, males often use their horns in combat with other males of the same species. Many hoofed animal species are adapted to run at speed in order to escape from predators.We have over twenty species of Artiodactyla here at Chester Zoo, including the Okapi and Visayan Warty Pig.
The Rothschild Giraffe is the second most endangered giraffe subspecies with only a few hundred individuals thought to remain in the wild.
Okapi live solitary lives, deep within the forests of central Africa. This elusive species was only discovered in the early 20th century.
Babirusa might be among the oddest looking animals at Chester Zoo, but we are extremely proud of them.
Onagers, related to the donkey, are the most rare equids in the world with only around 400 left in the wild.
Looking at the size and muscular power of our Congo Buffalo, it seems amazing to think they belong to the same family as cows and heifers you might see in farm fields on your way to Chester Zoo.
The first thing you'll notice about our South American Tapirs is their noses – long and bendy – to help them strip leaves, find fruits to eat and also to use as a snorkel when swimming underwater.
Extinct in the wild since 1999, Scimitar-horned Oryx are among the rarest animals in the world and also one of the most extraordinary.
We defy you to find any antelope more colourful than the Eastern Bongo.
Meet the Roan Antelope, which isn't hard to recognise because it's got a pretty distinctive face, with a long white stripe running down either side of its nose.
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