Cotswold Wildlife Park is celebrating the birth of a Chapman’s Zebra foal.
At just a few days old, the newborn female has been attracting the attention of visitors with her incredible speed, galloping around the paddock. Foals are up on their feet soon after birth and can run with the herd within a few hours of being born.
In the wild, speed is vital for survival as they need to outpace predators such as lions and hyenas. Zebras can reach speeds of 35 miles per hour when running across the African plains.
New arrivals are usually named by keepers, but on this occasion Spice Girl Geri Horner, who recently visited the Park, was given the rare honour of naming the foal. She decided to call her Geri.
Cotswold Wildlife Park has been home to zebras since 1976, with the first Chapman’s Zebra arriving at the Burford collection in 1978, eight years after the Park first opened to the public in 1970. This latest arrival is the forty-sixth Chapman’s Zebra to be born at Cotswold Wildlife Park – a testament to its successful breeding programme.
Curator of Cotswold Wildlife Park, Jamie Craig, said: “Zebras are a real icon of the Park and have featured in our logo for many years. For our visitors, Zebras really do bring a sense of the wild to this part of the world and there is nothing more rewarding than the sight of a new foal grazing in the stunning backdrop of the Cotswold countryside”.
For more information on visiting go to www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk