Zoo visitors watch birth of rare Grevy’s zebra foal

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A Grevy’s Zebra foal born at Denver Zoo in Colorado on Thursday is already strutting his stuff for visitors. 

The colt foal, who has been named Bosley, was born at around noon in the display enclosure. Several zoo visitors witnessed the colt’s birth, and many shared pictures of the newborn soon after his arrival.

The foal’s mum, Farasi, is not a first time mother, but this is her first foal born at Denver Zoo. The father is 15-year-old Punda, who is the only male in the herd.

Punda and Farasi were mated under recommendations of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, which ensures genetic diversity and healthy populations among zoo animals.

Farasi and Bosley at Denver Zoo.
Farasi and Bosley at Denver Zoo.

Grevy’s zebra are considered “endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature with a wild population estimated at fewer than 2000 individuals. Their largest threats come from loss of habitat, competition with livestock and poaching. They have disappeared from most of their former habitats and are now only found in dry deserts and open grasslands in northern Kenya and south eastern Ethiopia.

They are named for Jules Grevy, a former president of France, to whom the first known specimen of the animal was sent in 1882. The largest of all wild equine species, they can be distinguished from other zebras by their longer legs, more narrow stripes, white, stripeless underbellies and large rounded ears.

Bosley works on getting his legs under control.
Bosley works on getting his legs under control.

 

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