This 2-Month-Old Zebra Is Everything You Need To See Right Now

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This endangered Grévy’s zebra foal was born recently at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Credit: Jamie Pham

If you’re like most people, you don’t think of zebras when you think of endangered species. But this species of zebra, the Grévy’s zebra, is threatened due to habitat loss and poaching or illegal hunting, which is one of the reasons this 2-month-old foal is so important. The young female zebra is the first zebra in over 30 years to be born at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Zoo curator Alisa Behar understands the value of education and messaging. “People are surprised that they’re endangered,” she said. “It’s important to think about the plight of these animals.”

2-month-old Grévy’s Zebra foal at the LA Zoo

Credit: Jamie Pham

Zoos have been under attack for keeping animals. But they’re actually important for supporting conservation projects, breeding animals that are endangered and educating people about decreasing animal populations. Zoo curators hope that by maintaining genetically diverse captive populations, they would be able to collaborate and rebuild wild populations if a catastrophe ever occurred in the wild.

Jamilla and her foal on a sunny day at the Los Angeles Zoo

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The Los Angeles Zoo plays an active role in the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA), a regulated collaboration of zoo partnerships, which pairs animals based on maintaining healthy genetically diverse populations. Jamilla, the mother, and Khalsani, the father, were part of a group of two female and one male Grévy’s zebras that came to the L.A. Zoo in December 2015, but there was no guarantee they’d mate.

The Grévy’s species of zebra is unique because it has a white belly instead of a striped belly.

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Zebras are in the same family as horses, the equid family. The Grévy’s species of zebra is unique because it has a white belly instead of a striped belly. They’re born with brown stripes that get darker with age. With a gestation period that lasts 13 months, they’re the largest wild equid and can grow up to 990 pounds. The new foal weighed 88 pounds at birth. She was born during the nighttime and zoo curators found her when they came in in the morning.

Jamilla, the mother Grévy’s zebra nuzzles her young foal.

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“Motherhood is the same no matter what,” Behar said after she observed Jamilla, the zebra mom, cautiously watching over as her baby ran around playing and jumping off of things. As long as zoo staff members see the mother nursing and sticking close by her new foal, they’ll keep their distance.

Zoos are important for conservation projects and breeding animals that are endangered.

Credit: Jamie Pham

Meanwhile, you also get to enjoy watching the young zebra family.

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