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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Announces Endangered Zebra Birth
April 09, 2014 - Jacksonville, Fl -
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is excited to announce the birth of a Grevy’s Zebra. Born Sunday, April 6, the foal was found on exhibit when Zoo keepers first arrived. This is the fifth offspring for Darasa, the foal’s mother, and the second for the foal’s father, Mosi.
“Darasa is experienced, but this is her first foal since arriving at the Zoo in November 2012,” said Craig Miller, curator of mammals at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. “Having breeding success with this endangered species is very rewarding for staff, and there’s the added excitement of watching Darasa take care of her newborn.”
Zoo staff performed a neonatal exam this morning which confirmed the foal is a healthy female weighing in at 82 pounds. Darasa is also healthy and is demonstrating good nursing behavior. The pair is on exhibit tomorrow along with the Zoo’s other two mares. Grevy’s stallions are known to play rough, so Mosi will reside in the back holding yard to allow for space and time to adjust. The foal’s naming rights will be auctioned off as part of the Zoo’s annual fundraiser, ExZOOberation.
About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
For 100 years, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has aimed to inspire the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. Starting in 1914 with an animal collection of one red deer fawn, the Zoo now has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 plants, boasting the largest botanical garden in Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Zoo is a nonprofit organization and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information, visit http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org.