A new Grevy's zebra foal is now on display at the Saint Louis Zoo.Photo by Kari R. Frey/Saint Louis Zoo.
The newest member of the Saint Louis Zoo family began greeting visitors at the Red Rocks area this week. Colton, a male Grevy’s zebra foal, was born July 19 to 15-year old mother Tiombe (Tee-OM-bay) and 9-year-old father Dewy.
The birth was part of the zoo’s participation in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP), an initiative that’s working to maintain a genetically healthy population of Grevy’s zebras in North American zoos. The Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in the Horn of Africa also works to protect endangered Grevy’s zebras and other species in that region.
The number of wild Grevy’s zebras has dropped from 15,000 to just 2,800 in the past 30 years due to overhunting, habitat loss, food competition with livestock and drought.
“We are so happy to welcome our ninth Grevy’s zebra foal in 10 years,” said Martha Fischer, Curator of Mammals/Ungulates and Elephants at the Saint Louis Zoo. “In the last 40 years, the Zoo has celebrated 29 births to contribute to the Species Survival Plan for this endangered species.”
Visitors can see Colton and his mother at the Red Rocks area of Saint Louis Zoo, which is located in Forest Park on Government Drive, St. Louis, MO. Admission to the zoo is free.