Marwell Zoo announces birth of endangered Grevy's zebra foal

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Marwell Zoo has announced the birth of an endangered Grevy's zebra foal born to first-time mum Khumba.

The foal was born on Friday 15 July and was given access to the zoo's Wild Explorers paddock for the first time on Monday afternoon.

The youngster delighted in trying out its new skills running circles around its mum in a series of cute 'zoomies'.

Khumba and her new foal are part of the European Ex-Situ breeding programme for the species and will hopefully contribute to maintaining a healthy captive population and preserving genetic diversity for the future. They have been left alone to bond for the first few days so the sex of the foal is not yet known. A name will also be decided at a later date.

Populations have suffered as a result of habitat loss, extended periods of drought and poaching but are now thought to be stabilising.

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