Stars and stripes at Whipsnade
Tuesday 15 November 2005
Whipsnade’s 25th zebra foal was not the only star to grace the Africa region of the park this Autumn; Trinny and Susannah, the well known style gurus also made an appearance!
As some of you may know, ZSL celebrated the birth of its 25th Grevy’s zebra foal at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park in September. Shortly after yet another foal was born, meaning that we had two female, stripey, knock-kneed babies to name.
Our friends at ITV Anglia asked if they could run a competition to name the foals and we gladly accepted. The winning names were chosen as ‘Trinny and Susannah’, which we loved.
Trinny and Susannah present the BBC’s style programme ‘What not to wear’ and considering that zebras are such stylish, well dressed animals, we felt the names suited our new arrivals perfectly.
Trinny and her family came to meet the namesakes on 22nd October and they all seemed very pleased with Andrew’s choice! Trinny and Susannah will be returning to the Park later in the year to help the zebra keepers and take a behind the scenes tour to see where their four legged counterparts will grow up.
These births are vitally important for the continued success of the co-ordinated international breeding programme for Grevy's zebra of which there are currently 580 individual zebras in zoos all over the world. The population in the wild has declined dramatically over the last 20 years due to habitat loss, drought and poaching. There are currently estimated to be only 2-3,000 animals remaining in the wild.
Image: John O'Reilly