Four New Zebras Now Call The L.A. Zoo Home
It seems four of L.A.’s newest transplants are rather stripy individuals. Now living at the L.A. Zoo, a male and three female Grevy's zebras are now available for public viewing, according to KPCC.
The 4-year-old male is actually a New Yorker, and moved from the Bronx Zoo. The three females are all two-years-old, coming to L.A. from the Jacksonville Zoo and the Oglebay Park Good Zoo.
The zebras were moved to Los Angeles following a breeding recommendation submitted by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Greavy’s zebras are an endangered species, and the AZA hopes that the new Angeleno zebras will get busy, helping to increase the species’ numbers.
During the 1970s, an estimated 15,000 Greavy’s zebras roamed throughout the deserts of Kenya and Ethiopia. Largely due to hunting for their desirable pelts, their numbers today rest closer to 2,500 in the wild.
“We eagerly anticipated this new group of Grevy’s zebras, and so far they are getting along and thriving in their new environment,” said Beth Schaefer, General Curator at the Los Angeles Zoo. “The last zebra birth at the L.A. Zoo was in 1988, so we hope this group will be fortunate enough to have a foal in the next few years.”
Who doesn’t like zebras?