SOURCE: Denver Zoo

January 12, 2015 18:33 ET

Cast Your Vote to Name Denver Zoo's Baby Zebra

Voting Begins January 12 on Facebook

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - January 12, 2015) - Denver Zoo is asking for the public's help in naming its new Grevy's zebra foal on its Facebook page. Those who vote by January 18 will automatically be entered to win a behind-the-scenes tour of his or her choice. Traditionally, zookeepers have chosen mountain-themed names for this zebra family and are asking voters to choose from one of the following: Evan, Lincoln or Denali.

The male zebra, born in the early hours of New Year's Day, is currently doing well under the care of its mother, Crestone. Visitors will soon be able to visit the foal in its yard, sponsored by Haselden Construction, weather permitting.

"We are thrilled to welcome this new addition to our zebra herd," says Denver Zoo Assistant Curator of Large Mammals Vickie Kunter. "We have enjoyed continuing the tradition of naming this family after famous mountains and are excited to receive the public's help in naming the foal."

This is the second foal born to Crestone and Punda, who are also the parents of 1-year-old Summit. Zookeepers say the new foal has already been very active since its birth. It was born through recommendations of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), which ensures genetic diversity and healthy populations among zoo animals. Denver Zoo currently houses eight zebras, including four adult females, one adult male, and three foals. 

There are three different species of zebra: plains or common zebra, mountain zebra and Grevy's zebra. 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. The largest of all wild equine species, they can be can be distinguished from other zebras by their longer legs, more narrow stripes, white, stripeless underbellies and large rounded ears.

Grevy's zebra are considered "endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) 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.

About Denver Zoo: Denver Zoo is the Rocky Mountain region's premier resource for informal scientific education, serving two million people annually. Home to 4,000 animals representing more than 600 species, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures the highest standards of animal care.

A leader in green action, Denver Zoo is the greenest zoo in the country and is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the environment in support of all species by attaining the highest environmental standards. Since 1996, Denver Zoo has participated in about 600 animal conservation projects in 62 countries on all seven continents.

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  • Contacts: 
    Tiffany Barnhart
    (720) 337-1444

    Sean Andersen-Vie
    (720) 337-1418