A five-day-old endangered Grevy’s Zebra ran and bucked in the rain during his first day on exhibit at Zoo Miami.
The foal, who will be named in an online contest, weighed 104 pounds at birth. He is the first foal for his three-year-old mother, and is the 16th member of this endangered species to be born at Zoo Miami. He made his exhibit debut alongside his mother and another female Zebra.
Grevy’s zebras are the largest of all Zebra species and are native to northern Kenya and Ethiopia. They are distinguished from other Zebra species by their large heads and ears, along with very thin stripes which do not extend to the belly. Well-adapted to arid regions, Grevy’s Zebras live in herds with up to 100 members.
In less than 40 years, Grevy’s Zebra populations declined from about 15,000 animals to only about 2,500 today. Invasive plants have overtaken the native grasses eaten by Zebras, and they must compete with cattle for grazing areas. Fortunately, hunting has declined and the population appears to have stabilized for now.
See more photos of the foal below.