New Chapman's Zebra Born!
Published: 30th Jun 2015Newquay Zoo is delighted to announce the birth of its first ever Chapman’s Zebra foal, born on June 17th at 7.30am. The Equus burchelli chapmani is a subspecies of the…
Newquay Zoo is delighted to announce the birth of its first ever Chapman’s Zebra foal, born on June 17th at 7.30am.
The Equus burchelli chapmani is a subspecies of the plains zebra and are native to the savannah of north-east South Africa, north to Zimbabwe, west into Botswana, the Caprivi Strip in Namibia and southern Angola.
The Chapman's zebra eats mainly grass and occasionally shrubs and are currently at low risk status on the IUCN endangered species list, but like all other animals are at risk because of habitat destruction and illegal poaching.
John Meek, curator at Newquay Zoo, commented on the foal’s birth: “Our first ever birth of this particular species here at The Zoo and we are over the moon with the arrival of the zebra foal. Her mother Mitsy is doing well and we are doubly thrilled as we have another expectant Chapman’s Zebra who is due to give birth anytime now.” “So to have two zebra foals born within a few days of each other is great news for The Zoo” John Meek added.
The striking black and white markings of these sociable animals act as amazing camouflage when a herd of zebras stand together – as it is hard to tell where one animal ends and another one begins and as families, they will often join up with other zebra, wildebeest and antelope to form ‘super-herds’ during a constant migration, where they travel thousands of miles in search of fresh green pastures.
Newquay Zoo is a richly rewarding visitor attraction, based on the key principles of animal conservation and education that allows visitors to get a get closer animal experience.
The Zoo is an education, research and conservation charity dedicated to protecting global wildlife heritage and is owned by Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT), a Devon based charity which also owns Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts in Torquay, as well as a number of nature reserves.