It’s a boy! The Abilene Zoo discovered the birth of a zebra foal on the morning of Wednesday, September 8, 2021. This male foal is a first birth for his mother, Bishara, who was the most recent zebra to be born at The Abilene Zoo.
“The spunky newborn was seen trotting around the exhibit with his mother,” stated General Curator, Denise Ibarra. Zebras in the wild are a prey species and must be able to eat and run within that first hour to keep up with its herd. Zoo staff observed this little guy for a few hours to ensure nursing was taking place.
“The neonatal exam on Thursday, September 9, 2021, showed the foal received enough colostrum and antibodies from mom,” said Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Carle.
The neonatal exam included collecting blood, checking his temperature, and disinfecting the umbilical cord. The foal weighed in around 60 pounds, which is more than 12 pounds over what his mom, Bishara, weighed at her birth in the fall of 2018.
Visitors can see the foal on exhibit as he acclimates to his new surroundings and bonds with his mother. Zebra, ostrich, and addax can be seen in this area of the zoo right across from the rhino exhibit. Updates will be posted on the Abilene Zoo social media pages.
About Abilene Zoo
Abilene Zoo was founded in 1966 as a collaborative partnership between the City of Abilene and the Abilene Zoological Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving wildlife and protecting wild places. Through its passion and expertise in animal care, conservation, and education, the Abilene Zoo’s mission is a place of learning and adventure where people make memories, share in the joy of discovery, and become inspired to save wildlife. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 1985, this West Texas Zoo sees 129 school districts from over 51 Texas counties in addition to over a quarter of a million guests each year. To learn more, visit abilenezoo.org.
Please contact the Abilene Zoo at 325.676.6085 for additional information about the facility, including special events and activities for visitors and its ongoing commitment to wildlife conservation and science education.