Denver Zoo is without a doubt one of the best zoos in the United States. Besides its amazing exhibits, the zoo is constantly involved in conservation programs for endangered species. One of this programs led to the birth of an endangered zebra on June 13, a female Grevy’s zebra.
The foal remains to be named, but can be seen with her mother Topaz and the entire zebra herd. Topaz has proven to be an excellent mother, this being her third foal at Denver Zoo. The newborn baby zebra, with her mother always nearby, is starting to explore the surroundings.
Visitors surely enjoy beholding this new sight and should delight in watching Topaz carefully shepherding her baby around their enclosure. The foal’s father is Punda, a male zebra which the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan recommended pairing Topaz with. The pair has produced until now three beautiful offspring.
Grevy’s zebras are the largest of all zebras species, being identified by their longer legs, large rounded ears, narrower stripes, and pure white underbellies. The Grevy zebra is considered to be endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with less than 2,000 individuals remaining.
Also known as the Imperial zebra, the Grevy’s zebra is the largest extant wild equid and the largest and most endangered of the three species of zebra – the other ones being the plains (or common) zebra and the mountain zebra. This species is mostly found in Kenya and Ethiopia, in semi-arid grasslands where it feeds on grasses, legumes, and browse.
These zebras get their name after French President Jules Grevy, to whom the first known specimen was sent in 1882. Nowadays, Grevy’s zebras have become endangered because of habitat loss, but poaching and grazing competition have also led to the decline of the species.