Sep 12, 2012 8:21 PM
TUCSON - The Reid Park Zoo is giving Tucson the chance to name its newest resident, a male Grevy's zebra! He was born on Friday, August 31st.
The baby zebra was on exhibit for the first time Wednesday morning.
He spent several days with his mother behind-the-scenes under careful observation.
The baby zebra had a low birth weight, but is now nursing and gaining weight.
The zoo says he's now ready to explore.
Zoo staff and veterinarians will continue to keep a close eye on him and his mother for the next several crucial months as he gains strength.
According to the zoo, it's unclear how long the new zebra will be on exhibit.
He may return to his "behind-the-scenes" area in the afternoon, or when staff feels that he needs further rest.
The Grevy's zebra is an endangered species with only 2,500 remaining in the wild.
The Reid Park Zoo is part of the Species Survival Plan.
The program works to protect this species through captive breeding and education programs.
The Species Survival Plan consists of the combined preservation efforts of over 35 U.S. zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
The Reid Park Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
For further information call 791-4022.