Zookeepers at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire, which works with partners in northern Kenya, have hailed the birth of a Grévy’s zebra foal in Hampshire as an “important addition to the endangered species breeding programme”.
Mother Imogen gave birth to the female foal, the first to be sired by resident stallion Fonzy, in the early hours of Friday, October 12 at the Wild Explorers exhibit.
Keepers report that both mother and foal are doing very well and this latest arrival takes the total number of Grevy’s zebra at the zoo to eight.
Ian Goodwin, Animal Collection Manager for Hoofstock, said: “Imogen is looking after her foal very well. It’s great to watch her exploring her new surroundings at Wild Explorers, where we highlight the conservation work we carry out in Africa.
“Our new arrival is a very important and welcome addition to the endangered species breeding programme.”
The number of Grevy’s zebra in the wild has declined rapidly from 15,000 in the 1970’s to less than 3,000 today due to climate change, habitat loss and competition with increasing livestock numbers.
Ian added: “Since 2003, Marwell Wildlife has been working with partners in northern Kenya to conserve Grevy’s zebra. We employ a team of conservation biologists and scouts who work in the field and they have been instrumental in helping to create a national conservation strategy for the species.
“Marwell also manages the International Studbook and the European Ex situ Programme (EEP) for Grevy’s zebra.”