SOURCE: Denver Zoo

October 09, 2015 12:43 ET

Zebra Born on Exhibit at Denver Zoo

Guests Can See the Mother and Newborn, Weather Permitting

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - October 09, 2015) - Denver Zoo welcomed the birth of an adorable Grevy’s (Greh-veez) zebra on Thursday, October 8. The foal was born on exhibit to mother, Farasi, around noon, and its sex remains unknown. Guests can see the mother and newborn on exhibit, weather permitting.

Farasi is not a first-time mother, but yesterday marked the first time she has given birth at Denver Zoo. The father is 15-year-old Punda, who is the only male in the herd. The mother and foal seemed to bond instantly, and the newborn is already beginning to walk on its long, wobbly legs. Punda and Farasi mated under recommendations of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), which ensures genetic diversity and healthy populations among zoo animals.

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 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 premiere 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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