Zebra foal runs and bucks at San Diego Zoo
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Zebra foal runs and bucks at San Diego Zoo

November 19, 2019

We’re here at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
where we just had a new Grevy’s zebra baby born named Tanu. Normally shy and struggling for balance, Tanu
the newborn zebra is neither. The foal made its public debut at San Diego
Zoo on Tuesday. Tanu was born on January 3rd, becoming the fifth baby of mother Bakavu. He’s doing fantastic out here, he’s cute,
he runs and bucks and plays and is just a joy to watch. The species, the Grevy’s Zebra, once roamed
the grassy savannas of Africa, numbering 15,000 in the 1970s. The population has since dwindled
to just over 2,000, landing the species on the endangered list due to competition with
livestock over food and water. The animals weigh 1,000 pounds when fully grown, they
have large heads and are the largest of the zebra species. They now survive in Kenya and
Ethiopia, as well as zoos around the world.

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