Como Zoo Welcomes Baby Zebra

By July 5, 2016All News, Zoo

Como Zoo is happy to announce the successful birth of a zebra foal in the overnight hours of Saturday to Sunday

Como Zoo is happy to announce the successful birth of a zebra foal to Grant’s Zebra “Minnie.” Mom and baby are both doing well, enjoying the oohs and aahs of visitors. The baby zebra was born sometime during the overnight hours of Saturday to Sunday. When the zookeepers arrived on Sunday morning, they discovered the foal up, walking strong, and closely shadowing its mother, Minnie. The gender of the newborn has  not yet been determined.

minis-calf-w-mini-for-email-websiteThe birth of the foal was not a surprise. “Minnie was getting very big; we knew it was a matter of days before her baby would make its appearance,” said Allison Jungheim, Senior Zookeeper at Como Zoo. “There were no complications and mother and baby appear to be doing great.”

The honor of naming the new zebra will be included as part of an extraordinary silent auction at this year’s Como Friends’ Travelers Sunset Affair, the annual summer benefit for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory on July 21st.

Minnie and her foal can be seen by the public in the outdoor Zebra and Kudu exhibit daily from 10am-6pm.

The gestation period for zebras ranges from 10-12 months. A newborn zebra’s stripes will turn from brown to black sometime between the first 9-18 months of life. Como is home to Grant’s Zebras, which are commonly found in the grassy plains of eastern Africa including the countries of Kenya and Ethiopia.

Father, Ulysses, sired the newborn. This is Minnie’s second offspring.minis-calf-standing

Sponsor the Baby Zebra! Sponsoring an animal makes a great gift  that keeps giving back. Animal sponsorships are a unique way to help Como Park Zoo and Conservatory with its wildlife conservation efforts. They support enhanced habitats and efforts to maintain the best care possible for the animals, including the zebra, at Como Zoo. To purchase, visit Garden Safari Gifts at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory,  call 651-487-8229 or click here.

To keep tabs on baby’s progress and the rest of our growing animal family at Como Zoo, be sure to follow @comozoo and @comofriends on Twitter.

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