Baby Zebra Fun Facts to Celebrate the Birth of our NEW Chapman's Zebra!
Published: Jul 2, 2015Newquay Zoo is delighted to announce the birth of its first ever Chapman’s Zebra foal, born on June 17th at 7.30am.
However, did you know.... Zebras are born with their stripes, which appear brown and white at birth!
But are zebras black with white stripes or white with black stripes.... It was previously believed that zebras were white animals with black stripes, since some zebras have white underbellies. Evidence, however, shows that the animal's background colour is black and the white stripes and bellies are additions!
Baby Zebra Facts
- One foal is born after 11–13 months, weighing 40–50 kg. The foals suckle for up to 12 months, but they are able to graze from 2 weeks old.
- All zebras are close to their mothers, but males also form strong bonds with their fathers.
- The mother is the primary caregiver to her young. During the foal’s first two days of life, the mother keeps him close and limits direct contact with the other zebras so that he learns to identify her by sight, smell and sound.
- Within 15 minutes from birth, the foal is able to stand up on his own. Within an hour, he is walking and able to accompany his mother as she rejoins the herd. Because young zebras are particularly vulnerable to predators, the ability to run so shortly after birth is crucial to his survival.
- By one year of age, foals are able to be independent.
- Zebras reach sexual maturity at 16 to 22 months of age.
Did you know?
- Just like human fingerprints, a zebra’s stripe pattern is unique to the individual.
- Zebras are highly social, and will only go to sleep if they are close to neighbours so that they can be warned if a predator approaches. They also prefer to graze together and will groom each other.
- Zebras are brave animals that care deeply about their group members. When a group member is wounded by a predator attack, other zebras will come to its defence, circling the injured individual and attempting to drive the predator(s) away.
- Although they may appear to be badly camouflaged, when they are in a herd the zebra’s distinct stripes merge into a big mass and make it hard for predators to single out individual animals.
- Zebra can run up to 65km/h. They combine this fast running with excellent stamina and zig-zagging motions to try and evade predators that chase them
- Zebras in the wild live an average of nine years. In captivity, the life span for a zebra extends to 20 to 40 years.
The Zebra has still not been named! 'Like' us on Facebook to be part of a competition to name the Zebra! Coming soon!