Zebra foal takes a bow just in time for Christmas

Torbay Weekly

Paignton Zoo has welcomed a new arrival just in time for Christmas.

The female zebra foal was born on Thursday November 18, the second foal born at the zoo this year.

Eight-year-old mum Leila and five-year-old dad Jabali both arrived at Paignton in 2019. Jabali fathered Tamali earlier in the year

The new foal was able to walk and run within a few hours of its birth, meaning that some lucky visitors were able to see the foal up and about on the day it was born.

Hartmann’s mountain zebras, like those found at Paignton Zoo, are classed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List with less than 35,000 mature individuals left in the wild. They are only found on mountains and hills in South Africa, western Namibia and southwestern Angola.

Clare Rugg, Head of Conservation Services at Paignton, said: “The arrival of a second zebra foal is wonderful news for our herd, who are part of an international breeding programme. The pressures of agriculture, hunting and climate change have severely affected the species, so the newest addition is also good news for the population as a whole.”

The foal will stick by mum’s side for up to 16 months, with the opportunity of growing up alongside half-sister Tamali.