DENVER (CBS4)– Visitors to the Denver Zoo will see a new set of stripes at the zebra exhibit this weekend.
An endangered female Grevy’s zebra was born Thursday night at the zoo. She is already comfortable exploring her new home with her mother, Topaz, and is never too far away.
Guests can see mother and daughter with the entire zebra herd in the yard right now.
The baby is still unnamed.
This is the third foal for Topaz who continues to be an excellent mother. Topaz and the foal’s father, Punda, were paired under recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan. That plan ensures healthy populations and genetic diversity among zoo animals.
There are three different species of zebra; plains or common zebra, mountain zebra and Grevy’s zebra. Grevy’s zebra were named for Jules Grevy, a former president of France, to whom the first known specimen of the animal was sent in 1882. The largest of all wild equine species, they can be can be distinguished from other zebras by their longer legs, more narrow stripes, white, stripeless underbellies and large rounded ears.