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1_Africa Hartmann's mountain zebras Roxie and foal 3 jan 18 2016

On January 15, a Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra gave birth to her first foal -- and the first of her species at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. The yet-to-be-named newborn is the second successful zebra foal born at the Zoo in as many months, following the birth of a female Grevy’s Zebra foal this past November 23, 2015.

“We are delighted with this successful birth, a first for Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. With this foal, the Zoo has now contributed to the managed population of both zebra species in our conservation programs,” said Dr. Larry Killmar, Chief Zoological Officer, Senior Vice President, and Zoo Director.

2_Africa Hartmann's mountain zebras Roxie (mom) and foal 2 jan 19 2016

3_Africa Hartmann's mountain zebras Roxie and foal jan 19 2016

4_Africa Hartmann's mountain zebra foal with giraffes jan 21 2016Photo Credits: Dave Parkinson/Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Equid Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), which includes the three main species of zebra: Grevy’s, Mountain and Plains. The program is designed to support conservation of select wildlife species at risk of extinction.

The Zoo is currently home to three Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras: mare--Roxie, sire--Rex, and the newborn female. In keeping with a natural herd structure, mother and baby joined the male on exhibit within a few days and were reunited shortly thereafter with the bachelor herd of giraffes that share their African habitat.

Native to Southern Africa, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra hartmannae) are listed as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). There are approximately 9,000 mature individuals in the population. In Namibia, hunting and competition for resources (water) from farming (livestock) are the greatest threats to the Hartmann’s mountain species.

5_Africa Hartmann's mountain zebras Roxie and foal 1 jan 18 2016

Photos Below: Grevy's Zebra foal 'Penda', mom 'Penzima', and grandmother 'Pixie'

6_Grevy's zebra Penzima (mom) Penda (foal) Pixie (grandmother) nov 23 2015

7_Grevy's zebra Penda (foal) Penzima (mom) nov 25 2015