Lensman A.J. Haverkamp's work canvases many of Northern Europe's Zoos and beyond. In these elegant shots taken at The Netherlands' Amersfoort Zoo, a newborn Zebra Foal throws shapes for the crowds. The foal, born just a week ago, is already zipping around his enclosure and earning his stripes.
Bearing soft brown and white stripes instead of the traditional Irish green, an endangered Grevy’s zebra foal was born on exhibit at approximately 1:45 p.m. Wednesday (St. Patrick’s Day) at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Zoo animal care staff observed the entire labor and delivery, along with a small crowd of curious guests who watched from nearby for more than an hour for the rare opportunity to see a newborn zebra. The species is named after Jules Grévy, a president of France, who, in the 1880s, was given one by the government of Abyssinia.
Endangered in their native Kenya and Ethiopia, the Grevy's Zebra is the world's largest equine species (i.e. largest horse-like critter). In addition to their breeding efforts, like this little foal born November 27th, the Denver Zoo works with communities in Kenya to educate people on steps they can take to help protect this endangered species. The zoo even offers undergraduate scholarships in Kenya for the next generation of local wildlife leaders.
Born October 9th at Zoo Basel in Switzerland, this Plain's Zebra foal was the zoo's first in four years! Perhaps because of the novelty, the other zebras in the exhibit were extremely interested in the new foal and arguably jealous, as they made some attempts to steal the baby from its mother. However, the protective mother zebra stood her ground and the herd has settled into a comfortable and supportive dynamic.
Just 10 days old today, Marty is the Cincinnati Zoo's newest zebra foal. Grevy's Zebras are the largest subspecies of zebra and "little" Marty weighed a healthy 93 lbs at birth. Born to parents Lainey Lynn and Shewa, Marty does some pretty cute bounding on some awfully thin legs in the video at the bottom.
In the wee hours of August 20th, the Mesker Park Zoo welcomed a new Grant's Zebra foal to the fold. The smallest of the six subspecies of Plains Zebras, Grant's Zebras are threatened in many African regions by civil war. This baby is the 12th surviving offspring of mother "Press" and weighed a svelte 65 lbs at birth.
This Saturday the Antwerp Zoo welcomed a new zebra foal to it's ranks. While camouflaged well against its mother, the striking stripes and lanky frame make it a standout among visitors. Researchers used to think that zebras were born white and grew black stripes but have recently discovered that the underlying color is in fact black and the white color is the add-on.
A male Grevy's zebra foal was born on Monday, July 13 to parents Darasa, 11, and Tanga, 14, at the Oklahoma City Zoo. This is Darasa's fourth birth at the Zoo. The Grevy's zebra is the largest of the three zebra species and originates from parts of northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. Although foals are born with brown stripes and fuzzy coats, they grow into their unique black-and-white stripes by one year of age. These stripes allow them to blend in to their natural habitat. Foals weigh 80 to 125 pounds at birth, but can grow to be over 900 pounds as adults!
The Toronto Zoo has chosen the name "Kali" for its adorable female zebra foal. The name means "lively and energetic". You can see why, too, as she trots about her enclosure with loving mom Shani standing close by.
The foal, seen here at just over 2 months old, was named Kali as the result of a naming contest in which 24,000 people participated.