Zebra foal makes public debut at Mexico zoo

The foal represents a growing hope for the conservation of the Grevy's zebra (Equus grevyi), also known as the imperial zebra, which is the most threatened of the three species of zebra.

Born to father ''Poncho'' and mother ''Estrella'' (Star) only 10 days ago, the so far unnamed baby weighs approximately between 10 to 15 kilos (22 to 33 pounds) and is approximately 50 centimetres (19 inches) tall.

Estrella is an excellent Mum who breastfeeds her foul, who will then move on to hay and alfalfa, including treats, such as carrots and apples.

''We are the only zoo in Mexico that has this species of zebra. Unfortunately, it is an endangered species," said Gerardo Gonzalez, the zebras zookeeper at Xenpal Zoo.

Native to Africa, the endangered Grevy's zebra is the largest of the wild equids, the family of horses, donkeys and other animals.

Grevy's have long necks with prominent manes and ears larger than the two other species of zebras.

This species is distinguished by its unique black and white stripes, of which they have about 80 in total.

It is estimated that only less than 2,500 Grevy's zebras remain in the wild due to the destruction of their habitat, illegal hunting and lack of food.

Xenpal Zoo is trying to reverse the situation: "We are doing everything possible to preserve and reproduce them so that in the future we can repopulate some other parks," explained Gonzalez.

The zoo now has 12 Grevy's zebras living on its premises, together with this new beautiful addition.

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