A male Grevy’s Zebra was born at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens on Saturday, February 26. Eclipse, the 17-year-old mother of the foal, came to the Jacksonville Zoo from White Oak Conservation Center, where she was bred in January 2010. Officials from White Oak advised that the father of the foal is an unnamed resident stallion born in 1999. This is Eclipse’s sixth birth. The foal weighed 108 pounds and stood at three and a half feet tall at the shoulders at birth. Guests can see the foal frolicking after his mother in the Zoo’s Plains of East Africa exhibit. Naming rights will be auctioned off at the Zoo’s annual ExZOOberation evening fundraiser on April 16, 2011.
Photo credits: John Reed Photography
Unlike other types of Zebras, Grevy’s Zebras face a dire extinction crisis. More than 15,000 of these animals roamed the savannas of Africa in the 1970s, but scientists estimate only 2,200 remain in the wild today. The Zoo supports conservation efforts to save the Grevy’s zebra, including participation in a Species Survival Plan (SSP) through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). This SSP allows the Zoo to work with other AZA-accredited organizations to help ensure the survivability of the Grevy’s Zebra for future generations.