UK first as rare zebra foal born at Peak Wildlife Park

A rare zebra foal has been born at a North Staffordshire zoo. Peak Wildlife Park, in Winkhill near Leek, welcomed the stripy new arrival yesterday (June 18).

A sub-species of the plains zebra, the maneless zebra looks a lot like its relative, but without a mane. It is the first time this species has been born in a UK zoo.

Head keeper Yaz Walker said: "We are overjoyed to welcome this zebra foal into the Peak family. This birth is a testament to our dedicated efforts in conservation and our ongoing commitment to the care and preservation of endangered species."

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She added that both the mum, Zara, and newborn are doing well while dad, Horus. has been keeping his distance to allow them to bond.

Yaz added: "Our vet and animal keeping team are closely monitoring them to ensure their well-being."

In the wild maneless zebra are classified as ‘Near Threatened’ on the IUCN red list of threatened species. With less than 40 individuals living in zoos around the world, Peak Wildlife Park says births like this are extremely important for the survival of this species.

Peak Wildlife Park is one of only two places in the UK where you can see this subspecies. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the new-born and its parents in the zebra habitat.

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