An endangered Grevy’s zebra has been born…
Mother Imogen gave birth to the female foal in the early hours of Friday, October 12 at the Wild Explorers exhibit.
Keepers say both mother and the yet-to-be-named foal are doing very well. The latest arrival takes the total number of Grevy’s zebra at the zoo to eight and is the first foal to be sired by resident stallion Fonzy.
Ian Goodwin, Animal Collection Manager for Hoofstock, said: “Imogen is looking after her foal very well. It’s great to watch her exploring her new surroundings at Wild Explorers, where we highlight the conservation work we carry out in Africa.
“Our new arrival is a very important and welcome addition to the endangered species breeding programme.”
In the late 1970s there were 15,000 Grevy’s zebra in the wild. Today there are estimated to be around 2,800 remaining.
The Grevy’s zebra has suffered one of the most drastic population declines of any African mammal due to climate change, habitat loss and competition with increasing livestock numbers.
Ian added: “Since 2003, Marwell Wildlife has been working with partners in northern Kenya to conserve Grevy’s zebra. We employ a team of conservation biologists and scouts who work in the field and they have been instrumental in helping to create a national conservation strategy for the species.
“Marwell also manages the International Studbook and the European Ex situ Programme (EEP) for Grevy’s zebra.”
Grevy’s zebra – fast facts
- They are the largest of all the wild equids (horses, asses and zebras.)
- Following birth, Grevy’s zebra foals can stand within just one hour!
- Today, Grevy’s zebra are only found in the semi-arid bush land of Ethiopia and northern Kenya, and are specially adapted to these harsh conditions. They only need to drink every two to five days.