It’s a Girl! Como Zoo Welcomes Baby Zebra!

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Como Zoo is happy to announce the successful birth of a female zebra foal. Mom and baby are both doing well and are already delighting Como’s visitors with unconscionable cuteness. The baby zebra was born sometime during the early morning hours of Thursday, May 30th. When the zookeepers arrived in the morning, they discovered the foal up, walking strong, and closely shadowing its mother, Minnie.

The birth of the yet-to-be named foal was not a surprise. “Minnie was getting very big, we knew it was a matter of days before her baby would make its appearance” said Jo Kelly, Senior Zookeeper at Como Zoo. “There were no complications and mother and baby appear to be doing great.”

This is Minnie’s third offspring. The zebra herd, including Ulysses the father, can be seen by the public in the outdoor Zebra and Kudu exhibit daily from 10am-6pm.

The gestation period for zebras ranges from 10-12 months. A newborn zebra’s stripes will turn from brown to black sometime between the first 9-18 months of life. Como is home to Grant’s Zebras, which are commonly found in the grassy plains of eastern Africa including the countries of Kenya and Ethiopia.

Sponsor the Baby Zebra! Sponsoring an animal makes a great gift – that keeps giving back. Animal sponsorships are a unique way to help Como Park Zoo and Conservatory with its wildlife conservation efforts. They support enhanced habitats and efforts to maintain the best care possible for the animals, including the zebra, at Como Zoo. To purchase, visit Garden Safari Gifts at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, call 651-487-8229 or go online to comofriends.org.

To keep tabs on the baby’s progress and the rest of our growing animal family at Como Zoo, be sure to follow @comozoo and @comofriends on Twitter.

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