Banham Zoo’s joy as rare zebra foal joins the herd

The three-week-old Grevy's Zebra in action at Banham Zoo. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The three-week-old Grevy's Zebra in action at Banham Zoo. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

This little zebra foal has been capturing the hearts of visitors to Banham Zoo.

The three-week-old Grevy's Zebra at Banham Zoo, with his mum Rosarie. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The three-week-old Grevy's Zebra at Banham Zoo, with his mum Rosarie. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

The cute but endangered Grévy zebra, who was born late last month, has yet to be named but can be seen enjoying life in the herd while his mum, Rosarie, keeps a watchful eye over him.

This is Rosarie's second foal and there are now five zebra which call the zoo home. There are believed to be less than 750 Grévy's zebra left in the wild and has declined more than any other African mammal.

Banham is part of the international breeding programme to help maintain a healthy and viable population of the zebras.

It has donated £20,000 over the last 11 years to help conservation efforts in Africa and the fight against killing animals for illegal trade such as obtaining their body parts and skins

The Grévy's is the largest of the three zebra species. Females are pregnant for 13 to 14 months and the foal will stand within 30 minutes of being born.

Foals are mainly brown and white with the distinctive black stripes appearing after four months.

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