For the second time in a month West Midland Safari Park is celebrating the arrival of a baby Grévy’s zebra.
The first foal, a female named Grace, arrived just three weeks ago, with the latest male making an appearance in the early hours of the morning on Sunday 12 August.
The birth of the two zebras is a first for the safari park and a great news for the European Endangered Species Programme, as this particular species of Grévy’s zebra is classified as ‘Endangered’ in the wild.
Born to first-time mum Montana after 13 months of pregnancy, keepers were delighted to find the adorable youngster already steady on his feet within an hour.
The new foal spent his first day on the Safari getting used to his surroundings, meeting his half-sister Grace and rest of the zebra herd, as well as some of the other residents, including a very inquisitive giraffe!
Lauren Goodman, African Ungulates Keeper, said: “We were delighted to discover that we had another addition to the Grévy’s zebra family over the weekend. He joins his half-sister, Grace, on the African Reserve and both are full of energy whilst exploring their new home. First-time mum, Montana, who came from Poland Zoo, had been looking very uncomfortable over the past few days, but she foaled with no problems at all.”
She continued: “This is not only great news for the Park, but also for the Grévy zebra as a species. With only approximately 3,000 left in the wild, they are classified as ‘endangered’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. We will take great pride in watching both of our new additions grow up over the coming months.”
The newborn is yet to be named, although keepers will choose a name beginning with ‘G’, as all babies born at the Park in 2018 will begin with this letter.
To help raise awareness for zebras, West Midland Safari park will be dedicating a week to these magnificent creatures. Grévy’s Zebra Week will run from 18-24 August, fundraising for the Grévy’s Zebra Trust, who work with communities in Kenya and Ethiopia to engage them in wildlife protection.
For more information on visiting West Midland Safari Park go to www.wmsp.co.uk or telephone 01299 402114.