ZSL Whipsnade Zoo welcomed a new baby zebra yesterday, though it says breeding endangered animals is anything but black and white.
The newborn Grevy’s zebra foal has been enjoying running with its mum in the paddock, and is the latest in a long line of the rare species to bred at the zoo as part of a European Endangered Species Programme.
The Grevy’s zebra has much narrower stripes than other zebra species, and it can live on grasses which are too tough for cattle to eat or digest.
Originally from Northern Kenya and Ethiopia, the baby’s whole family can be seen at Whipsnade.
The as-yet-unnamed foal is part of the breed classified as ‘Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
In the past, particularly in the 1970s and 80s, the Grevy’s zebra suffered declining numbers due to commercial hunting for their skins and have continued to be affected by habitat loss.
There are now only an estimated 2000 Grevy’s zebras left in the wild.