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Zebral foal born 2 July 2013

Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s baby boom continues with the birth of a female Zebra foal on the morning of Tuesday 2 July 2013.

The foal was born to mother Kioni and father Tano. Kioni is a proven breeder and is an experienced mother, who is being very nurturing towards her foal.

“Both mum and foal are doing really well and have been on exhibit since day one, with the foal suckling soon after it was born,” said Keeper Jackie Stuart.

“This is the 13th new arrival at the Zoo over the past two months.

“We have had a baby boom with births from White Rhino, Giraffe, Barbary Sheep, Eland, Koala, Swamp Wallaby and now the Zebra, it is definitely a great time to visit if you like baby animals!”   “The continued breeding success is very exciting and a testament to the high level of animal husbandry expertise the staff at Taronga Western Plains Zoo have. These births are ensuring greater genetic diversity in the zoo-based populations, which supports their counterparts in the wild,” said Jackie.   

“A great time to see the Zoo’s baby animals is in the morning when they are more active, as they often like to sleep in the afternoon, like most babies.”

The Zebra foal is on exhibit for visitors to see and brings the Zebra herd to a total of five animals. Keepers are currently in the process of choosing a name for the new arrival.