The zoo has yet to name the zebra.
More baby news! After the birth of two lion cubs back in April, the Denver Zoo's family is still growing. The zoo recently announced the birth of a new Grévy's zebra!
Although the colt doesn't have a name yet, the Denver Zoo is excited to "count another endangered Grevy's zebra in the world". The zoo shared the news of the colt's arrival on social media:
There’s a new 🦓 in town & we couldn’t be more excited! This little fellow, male, was born to parents Bakari (dad) and Fara (mom, and joined us in the early hours of Wednesday, May 13. While he has no name yet, we are thrilled to count another endangered Grevy’s zebra in the 🌎. pic.twitter.com/7g9FViJDng— Denver Zoo (@DenverZoo) May 16, 2020
According to the zoo, it takes about three to four years before a baby female Grévy's zebra is ready to mate, and up to six years for a male. "Mating can occur throughout the year. After a 13-month gestation, a single foal is born weighing 80-125 pounds (36-56 kg). Newborn foals have dark brown stripes and fuzzy coats; by one year, foals are less fuzzy and their stripes turn black," the zoo said.
That being said, this is the first zebra baby the Denver Zoo has seen in the last five years.
The Grévy's zebra is an endangered species, making this birth one to celebrate. The zebras are typically found in Kenya and small areas in Ethiopia, but they're regionally extinct in Djibouti, Eritrea, and Somalia, says the zoo.
The baby and his parents are one of three types of zebras: Grévy's, plains, and mountain. They are also the largest of the three types.
Grevy's zebras live anywhere from 18 to 20 years in the wild, but that gets extended up to 30 years in captivity.
We're so excited to hear about the new baby zebra's name in the future, and of course, to see some more cute videos of the colt! What do you think the zoo should name him? Let us know in the comments!