SEEING STRIPES: TAMPA’S LOWRY PARK ZOO WELCOMES SECOND ZEBRA FOAL IN TWO MONTHS
Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra Foal Makes Zoo Debut
TAMPA, Fla. (January 26, 2016) -- On January 15, a Hartmann’s mountain zebra gave birth to her first foal -- and the first of her species at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. The yet-to-be-named newborn is the second successful zebra foal born at the Zoo in as many months, following the birth of a female Grevy’s zebra foal last November 23 (2015).
“We are delighted with this successful birth -- a first for Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. With this foal, the Zoo has now contributed to the managed population of both zebra species in our conservation programs,” said Dr. Larry Killmar, Chief Zoological Officer, Senior Vice President, and Zoo Director.
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) designed to support conservation of select wildlife species at risk of extinction.
The Zoo is currently home to three Hartmann’s mountain zebra: mare “Roxie,” sire “Rex” and the newborn, a female. In keeping with a natural herd structure, mother and baby joined the male on exhibit within a few days, and were reunited shortly thereafter with the bachelor herd of giraffes that share their African habitat.
Native to Southern Africa, Hartmann’s mountain zebra are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with approximately 9,000 mature individuals in the population. In Namibia, hunting and competition for resources (water) from farming (livestock) are the greatest threats to the Hartmann’s mountain species.
About Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S”by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Parking is free. Visit www.LowryParkZoo.org or call (813) 935-8552 for information. Also find the Zoo on Facebook and Twitter.