Zoo’s foal shows off her “racing” stripes
Monday 1 November 2010
Keepers were pleased to see proof of the birth – in vivid black and white – of the first zebra foal born in more than five years, on Monday 4 October after what seemed like a long pregnancy for mother Sabina.
An agile zebra foal born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is giving her fellow stripey friends a run for their money with her sprints around the paddock at just six days old.
Itching to get going, the leggy youngster, the 26th foal born at the zoo, was up and about straight away and can be seen gambolling around the lush green paddock which is home to the nine Grevy’s Zebra at Whipsnade.
Africa section leader Mark Holden said: “This is fantastic news for the zoo, Sabina kept us waiting for a bit longer than we thought, but she got there in the end.
"She’s really looking after the foal very well and is a seasoned mother. It’s also good news for the species as a whole, as Grevy’s zebra are much endangered in the wild.”
Watch our video of the foal
Grevy’s zebra are bred at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo as part of a European Endangered Species Programme, with 26 foals born over the years.