Feminine foal born on August 21 at Zoo’s Camel Zebra Space
CHICAGO (August 22, 2023) – Lincoln Park Zoo is happy to welcome a brand new black and white addition this summer time. After confirming the being pregnant by way of hormone evaluation earlier this 12 months, on August 21, 16-year-old Grevy’s zebra Adia gave start to a wholesome, robust feminine foal. Each Adia and the new child have been doing effectively and proceed to be carefully monitored by professional Animal Care and veterinary employees.
The foal is Adia’s fifth offspring and third with sire Wester. She joins three different zebras (together with mother and pop) on the zoo and will be discovered at Camel & Zebra Space. The yet-to-be-named foal is straightforward to identify, with reddish-brown stripes that can solely flip black as soon as she is older. She was born weighing simply over 105 kilos and can develop to be round 850 kilos when she’s an grownup.
Whereas the foal was capable of run simply an hour after start, she is going to stay depending on her mom for the primary seven months. After a roughly 390-day gestation and start, zebras nurse for about 275 days.
“It’s wonderful to see the inhabitants of those endangered zebras proceed to develop,” stated Curator Dan Boehm. “Mother and foal are hitting all of their postpartum milestones and the new child is kind of spirited and really energetic.”
This start is especially notable, as Grevy’s zebras are endangered, with fewer than 2,000 of the species within the wild as a result of habitat loss and looking. The foal was born as a part of the Grevy’s Zebra Species Survival Plan (SSP), a collaborative inhabitants administration effort among the many Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) establishments.