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  • Newborn foal in pyjama coat at the Tarzan trail
    2017. 07. 06.

     Special zebra foal, Grevy’s zebra has been born in the African panorama of Sosto Zoo. Delivery was smooth without complication, no assistance of either the keepers or the vets was needed. The now 9 days old calf stood on its legs right after birth and was able to walk even at its age of 1 hour. Lucy will be nursed until she will be 7 months old but will have a taste of its solid menu consisting mainly of fibrous fodder after its first month. It is apparent that the calf enjoys the outside enclosure where it plays and runs with great vigour. She will reach maturity for the age of four years when she is likely to be sent to another European zoo by the species coordinator.

    Grevy’s zebra is exhibited in our zoo since 2008 when Füles, the male arrived from Germany within the framework of the European Endangered Species Programmes. His females arrived to the African exhibit system in 2013 from Polish and Czech zoos.

    Grevy’s zebra is the largest among zebra species and it is the largest wild equid on Earth. There are only 2000 specimens living in their natural habitat and are endangered by habitat loss and expansion of grazing. They can be found only on dry grasslands of Southern Ethiopia and Kenya in decreasing number. In contrary to other zebras, this species does not form stable herds. Specimens of different sexes get together by chance.

    This species can be easily distinguished from the others – the plain and the mountain zebras – because Grevy’s belly is white and the stripe on its back along the spine is surrounded by white. Its ears are also much bigger. The species was named after Jules Grévy, French president of the 19th century to whom such an animal was given by Abyssinia.

    Sóstó Zoo is a real curiosity for the fans of zebra species, because beside the Grevy’s zebras, 2 subspecies of the plain zebra, namely the Grant and Chapman zebras can be seen in another enclosure.