New Foal for Endangered Zebras at San Diego Safari Park

There is a new addition to the Grevy's zebra herd at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014  |  Updated 8:43 AM PDT
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New Foal for Endangered Zebras

Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Photo taken by Ken Bohn, Jan. 14, 2014 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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There is a new addition to the Grevy's zebra herd at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

The foal, named Tanu, is on exhibit and visible to those using the park’s tram.

Bakagu, Tanu’s mother, keeps the newborn close to her side at all times, according to park officials.

The new zebra was born January 5 and can tell his mom from the other zebras in the herd by memorizing her stripes.

Park staffers are excited about the birth because it helps protect the endangered Grevy’s zebras, a species threatened by anthrax outbreaks.

There are estimated to be 2,250 of the animals in the wild and San Diego Zoo Global has had 140 Grevy's zebra births at its two facilities.

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