Guests can see new foal frolicking in his yard with his herd now, weather permitting
Denver Zoo welcomed the birth of a Grevy’s (GREH-veez) zebra in the early morning hours on Saturday, December 3. The male foal, named Cody, was born to mother Farasi (fair-AH-see), and father Punda (PUHN-dah). Zookeepers say Cody is thriving and runs very well for a zebra that is only a few days old. Guests can see the newborn with the rest of his herd in their yard now, weather permitting.
This is the second birth for the 16-year-old Farasi at Denver Zoo, after male foal Bosley was born in October 2015. Bosley has shown strong interest in playing with his younger brother, but Farasi is still very protective, though, for the time being.
Grevy’s zebra are one of three species of zebra, in addition to plains, or common zebra, and mountain zebra. The largest of all wild equine species, they can be distinguished from other zebras by their longer legs, more narrow stripes, white, stripeless underbellies and large rounded ears. They were named for Jules Grevy, a former president of France, to whom the first known specimen of the animal was sent in 1882.
Grevy’s zebra are classified as “endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with a wild population estimated at fewer than 2000 individuals. Their largest threats come from loss of habitat, competition with livestock and poaching. They have disappeared from most of their former habitats and are now only found in dry deserts and open grasslands in northern Kenya and south eastern Ethiopia.