Endangered Grevy’s Zebra Foals Make Their Debut at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

| October 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Kids Free Month at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will be extra special this year, after the birth of not one, but six endangered Grevy’s zebra foals—adding to San Diego Zoo Global’s ongoing effort to help preserve a population that is in steep decline. San Diego Zoo Global has a long history with Grevy’s zebra conservation, and each birth is significant. In their native Africa, the Grevy’s zebra population has been ravaged by anthrax outbreaks, pushing their numbers down so drastically that conservationists now estimate just over 2,250 individuals still survive. As a member of the Grevy’s Zebra Trust—an independent wildlife conservation organization—San Diego Zoo Global is working with other conservation groups to help safeguard and grow the population in Kenya.

“These six births are a major accomplishment because we want to make sure that we help support Grevy’s zebras potential to thrive,” said Selina Niblett, wildlife care specialist at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “Being able to participate in the breeding program and the Grevy’s Zebra Trust will really allow us to have a success story for this species.”

Guests visiting the San Diego Zoo Safari Park during Kids Free, presented by Mission Fed, will have a chance to see these young zebras—ranging in age from one to four months—as they explore their habitat, by opting for a premium Cart Safari or Ultimate Safari experience. These Safaris, along with other new experiences, such as the Sun Up Cheetah Safari, Cabana Safari and Wildlife Safari, offer guests a chance to connect with wildlife on a closer level and learn how they can help San Diego Zoo Global save wildlife worldwide.

Kids Free runs from Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 31, 2020, with regular operating hours at the Zoo and the Safari Park, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. All guests younger than 15 must be accompanied by an adult with a valid form of admission during their visit. For more details on Grevy’s zebras, Kids Free and available tours or safari experiences, visitSanDiegoZoo.org or SDZSafariPark.org.

Grevy’s zebra population has been ravaged by anthrax outbreaks, pushing their numbers down to just over 2,250 still surviving.


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