New Grevy’s zebra filly for Britain’s Marwell Zoo

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Marwell Zoo's Grevy's zebra mare Nafeesa with her new filly foal, who was born on June 3.
Marwell Zoo’s Grevy’s zebra mare Nafeesa with her new filly foal, who was born on June 3. © Jeremy Landey

Another new Grevy’s zebra foal has added to the numbers of the endangered breed in captivity, with the latest arrival at Britain’s Marwell Zoo in Hampshire.

The filly foal born on June 3 is the first critter to be born at the Zoo’s new Wild Explorers area, which opened last summer.

Those long legs take some handling!
Those long legs take some handling! © Jon Isaacs

The striped youngster made her arrival into the world at around 6.30pm, to Nafeesa.

“Nafessa is looking after her foal very well; she’s attentive, protective and the youngster is feeding well,” said Ian Goodwin, Collection Manager for hoofstock at Marwell.

Nafeesa and her new foal in Marwell Zoo's Wild Explorers area.
Nafeesa and her new foal in Marwell Zoo’s Wild Explorers area.

“It’s great to watch the foal finding its feet, running around and exploring its new surroundings.”

Marwell Wildlife has been working with Kenyan conservation partners for more than 15 years to conserve the Grevy’s zebra. They are using GPS collars and predictive computer analytics to provide census information on the endangered species.

Marwell is also home to several rare Hartmann’s Mountain zebra, and the critically endangered Somali Wild Ass.

Marwell Zoo's Grevy's zebra Nafeesa with her filly foal, who was born on June 3.
Marwell Zoo’s Grevy’s zebra Nafeesa with her filly foal, who was born on June 3.

Marwell Zoo recently held a “Zebra Zoom”, to help support its work with endangered Grevy’s zebra and other wildlife conservation initiatives in Kenya. More than 100 people took part, dressing in stripes and taking a non-competitive trot around the zoo.

Another initiative is the Marwell Zany Zebras trail, where 150 Grevy’s zebra sculptures decorated by talented artists will be on show on the streets of Southampton for 10 weeks from July 16. There will also be a ‘miniature trail’ which will be installed at Marwell Zoo, running at the same time.

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