DENVER - Denver Zoo guests may see some stumbling stripes in the Grevy's zebra yard.
On Monday morning, Denver Zoo welcomed the birth of an endangered, Grevy's zebra.
The unnamed foal is still trying to figure out how to use its long, wobbly legs and rarely ventures more than a few feet away from its mother, Crestone.
Guests can see mom and foal with the entire herd in the yard now.
This is the very first foal for the 16-year-old Crestone and so far she is proving to be an attentive mother. Crestone and the foal's father, Punda, were paired under recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan which ensures healthy populations and genetic diversity among zoo animals. Fortunately, the couple has proved to be an excellent match.
There are three different species of zebra; plains or common zebra, mountain zebra and Grevy's zebra. Grevy's zebra were named for Jules Grevy, a former president of France, to whom the first known specimen of the animal was sent in 1882. The largest of all wild equine species, they can be can be distinguished from other zebras by their longer legs, more narrow stripes, white, stripeless underbellies and large rounded ears.
Grevy's zebra are considered "endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with a wild population estimated at fewer than 2000 individuals. Their largest threats come from loss of habitat, competition with livestock and poaching. They have disappeared from most of their former habitats and are now only found in dry deserts and open grasslands in northern Kenya and south eastern Ethiopia.
Watch the baby zebra take some stumbling steps here: http://bit.ly/1f0obTw.