A zoo in the US had welcomed its first Grevy’s Zebra foal in many years, with the arrival of a new baby on October 2.
The foal – believed to be a filly – born at Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts, is among several new arrivals for 2014, including three giraffes, a tapir, African crested porcupines, several monkeys, Barbary sheep, and pygmy goats.
The new foal is in residence in Southwick’s African Plains habitat.
The gestation of the Grevy’s Zebra is 13 months.
Southwick’s Zoo is a privately owned zoo and is and is home to hundreds of wild animals, featuring more than 100 varied species (many of which are endangered). Southwick’s Zoo’s mission is to provide an extensive zoological collection and educational facility for their visitors. Southwick’s Zoo offers an exciting environment for visitors to learn more about animals and their conservation.
Grevy’s Zebra foals are born with brown stripes that darken to black. 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.
The Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi) is listed as endangered in the wild. They are native to the Horn of Africa, specifically Ethiopia and Kenya, although they have become regionally extinct in Somalia and Sudan. Their numbers are said to have declined by more than half over the past 20 years due to a range of factors including the reduction of available water sources, commercial hunting for their skins and disease.
Grevy’s zebra were named for Jules Grevy, a former president of France, to whom the first known specimen of the animal was sent in 1882.