FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 2, 2018
Grevy's zebra foal born at the Saint Louis Zoo
A male Grevy's zebra foal (pronunciation: Grevy rhymes with Chevy) was born at the Saint Louis Zoo on July 19. Colton weighed 83 pounds at birth. His parents are 15-year-old mother Tiombe (Tee-OM-bay) and 9-year-old father Dewy. As of this week, visitors can now see the baby and his mother at the Red Rocks area of the Zoo.
"We are so happy to welcome our ninth Grevy's zebra foal in 10 years," said Martha Fischer, Curator of Mammals/Ungulates and Elephants at the Saint Louis Zoo. "In the last 40 years, the Zoo has celebrated 29 births to contribute to the Species Survival Plan for this endangered species."
The Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in the Horn of Africa supports conservation of the endangered Grevy's zebra and other unique species in that region. Around the same time as Colton's birth, a Grevy's zebra was born in the wild in northern Kenya, where the Saint Louis Zoo supports Grevy's zebra conservation efforts.
In the last 30 years, the number of wild Grevy's zebras has dropped sharply, from 15,000 to 2,800. This species' survival is threatened by overhunting, habitat loss, food competition with livestock, and most recently, drought. The Zoo supports the Grevy's Zebra Trust—the only organization dedicated solely to the conservation of the Grevy's zebra. The Zoo helped to establish this independent wildlife conservation organization in 2007 to address the urgent need to conserve the endangered Grevy's zebra in the community rangelands and safeguard this species from extinction by engaging communities in its monitoring and protection.
The Zoo's Grevy's zebras are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP), a program responsible for maintaining a genetically healthy population of Grevy's zebras in North American zoos.
About the Saint Louis Zoo
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