It’s A Boy! Dallas Zoo celebrates baby birth of rare Zebra
If you haven’t been the Dallas Zoo in a while, now would be a great time! Look at this little beauty!
A Grevy’s zebra foal, born on July 23, is now on exhibit along the Monorail Safari in the woodland habitat. This is the first birth for April, age 20. The baby zebra is named Wester, in honor of a former zookeeper.
Grevy’s zebras are classified as endangered and there are as few as 2,500 remaining on the grasslands of northern Kenya and southern Ethopia. Threats include predators, poaching, and human encroachment with domestic animals competing for water resources. The Grevy’s Zebra Trust estimates a decline of 84-87 percent in the last three decades.
“This Grevy’s zebra birth is a success for the Species Survival Program,” said Lynn Kramer, DVM, deputy director of animal conservation and science. “The foal is active and healthy. The first-time mother is 20 and she is doing a tremendous job.”
Grevy’s zebras are the largest species of zebras. They are characterized by their white bellies, narrow stripes, and large round ears. They have thick upright manes, which extend the length of the body on foals. Grevy’s zebras are more closely related to mules than horses.
Need more information about when to go see Wester. Visit the Dallas Zoo online at: www.DallasZoo.com