Birth of a Grevy's Zebra foal
One of our female Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi) gave birth to a male on December 15 after a gestation period of 13 months. This is her second foal.
Grevy's Zebras, who share the enclosure of the White Rhinos and the Scimitar-horned Oryx at the zoo, are the largest of the equids, with some individuals that can exceed 400kg! Thin black and white stripes cover their bodies, with the exception of their belly which is white. Their ears are large and rounded.
The species only lives in Kenya and Ethiopia where it is threatened by the destruction of its habitat due to overgrazing, by competition with livestock (especially for access to water), by hunting and diseases.
Unlike other zebras, Grevy's Zebras do not establish a lasting bond with their congeners, with the exception of females with their foals. The herd composition may change from day to day, with dominant males establishing large territories and mating with any receptive females that wander around.