California zoo welcomes Grevy’s zebra colt foal

Natalia and her new colt foal at The Living Desert.
Natalia and her new colt foal at The Living Desert.

A Grevy’s Zebra foal has been born at The Living Desert zoo and gardens in Palm Desert, California.

The colt foal, weighing in at 99 pounds, was born to Natalia on May 30. He is the mare’s third foal, and the first for the sire, Conrad.


The Living Desert is home to two Grevy’s zebra mares and one stallion, plus the new male foal.

“Grevy zebras are endangered in the wild and each time a foal is born, it’s a welcomed addition to the world,” said Allen Monroe, President & CEO of The Living Desert.

“We are proud to be an active participant in the Grevy’s Zebra Species Survival Plan and to be able to showcase these amazing animals.”

Working with other zoos across the country, the Species Survival Plan promotes genetic diversity within the captive population and acts as a safeguard to wild populations.

The Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi) is endangered in the wild. Their numbers are said to have declined by more than half over the past 20 years.

The largest of all wild equine species, they can be distinguished from other zebras – plains and mountain – by their longer legs, more narrow stripes, white, stripeless underbellies and large rounded ears.


• Houston Zoo’s male zebra Hatari has been euthanised following an accident. Hatari, a Grant’s zebra, was injured on Monday by one of his yard-mate, an antelope. After receiving emergency veterinary care, Hatari did not survive his injuries.

The zoo said Hatari had lived with the antelope for several months and neither had shown any aggressive behavior towards each other.

Houston also lost elderly leopard Ivy, who had brittle bones and a broken elbow. She was euthanised on Tuesday.

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