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DOUBLE STRIPES IN BLACK AND WHITE

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Date: 22/08/2018

West Midland Safari Park is celebrating the arrival of its second ever baby Grévy’s zebra born within a month of the first and this time, it’s a boy!

After 13 months of pregnancy, the stripy youngster was born during the early hours of Sunday morning and keepers were delighted to find the adorable foal already steady on his feet within an hour.

Born to first-time mum Montana and now second-time dad Quigley, the foal spent his first day on the Safari getting used to his surroundings and meeting some of the other residents, including a very inquisitive giraffe!

The male foal joins his half-sister Grace, who was born less than three weeks ago on 26 July to mum Akuna and dad Quigley. Although she is only 17 days older, the young female has already made an impression at the Bewdley attraction and has been busy showing her younger brother the ropes.

Lauren Goodman, African Ungulates Keeper, said: “We were delighted to discover that we had another addition to the Grévy’s zebra family over the weekend. He joins his half-sister, Grace, on the African Reserve and both are full of energy whilst exploring their new home. First-time mum, Montana, who came from Poland Zoo, had been looking very uncomfortable over the past few days, but she foaled with no problems at all.”

She continued: “This is not only great news for the Park, but also for the Grévy zebra as a species. With only approximately 3,000 left in the wild, they are classified as ‘endangered’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. We will take great pride in watching both of our new additions grow up over the coming months.”

Although the newborn is yet to be named, keepers will be choosing a name beginning with ‘G’, as all babies born at the Park in 2018 will begin with this letter.

Next week, the Park will be dedicating a week to raising awareness for this magnificent species. Running from 18-24 August, Grévy’s Zebra Week will be fundraising for Grévy’s Zebra Trust, who work with communities in Kenya and Ethiopia to engage them in wildlife protection. Find out more: http://www.grevyszebratrust.org.

The herd of Grévy’s zebra can be seen in the four-mile Safari Drive-through included in the standard admission charge of £24.00 for adults, £19.00 for children aged 3-15 and £22.00 for concessions. Children under the age of three years are admitted free of charge. Admission includes a Free Return Ticket. Adventure Theme Park rides are charged extra.

Further information and discounted tickets are available from the Park’s website www.wmsp.co.uk or by telephone 01299 402114. You can find out more on the Safari Park’s official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WestMidSafari.