US zoo The Wilds has welcomed the arrival of four Przewalski’s horse foals and a Grevy’s zebra among the many newborns at the Ohio park.
Other new arrivals included scimitar-horned oryx, Bactrian deer, and sable antelope, who can all be seen roaming the pastures at the Wilds.
After a gestation period of nearly 13 months, a female Grevy’s zebra was born to an 11-year-old, third-time mother on July 19. The Grevy’s is the largest species of zebra and are endangered with 80 percent of the population declining over the past 40 years. Currently, there are about 2,800 Grevy’s zebra left in the wilds of Kenya and Ethiopia.
Four Przewalski’s horse foals were born in June and July, adding three new males and one female to the herd. Przewalski’s horses went extinct in the wild in the late 1960s and survive today only because of zoo-based breeding programs. Starting in the 1990s, nearly 400 horses from these managed populations have been reintroduced to their native habitat in China and Mongolia.
The Wilds, part of Columbus Zoo, is a member of the Grevy’s zebra Species Survival Program (SSP), which includes about 150 animals at 41 zoological facilities. It is one of the largest conservation centers in North America. It is also home to the Persian Onager, one of six sub-species of wild ass from Central Asia and the Middle East.
Last year, the Wilds welcomed more than 70 newborns, including a greater one-horned rhino and the first fifth-generation white rhino born outside of Africa. Visitors can also see several other young animals including a Bactrian camel, giraffe, banteng calf and several Sichuan takin kids out in pasture.
One Wilds offers four different sunset tours including a Sunset Safari Tour in the open-air bus, a Sunset Horseback Safari, a Zipline Sunset Tour and the Sunset Wildside Tour.
“Most of these young animals can be seen on the Sunset Safari Tour. The herds become more active as the temperatures cool off at the end of the day,” said Dan Beetem, director of animal management, said. “Visitors on a Sunset Safari Tour often get a chance to see the young up and running while their parents are grazing nearby.”