L.A. Zoo Welcomes New Breeding Group of Endangered Grevy’s Zebras

CONTACT: April Spurlock

February 24, 2016

LOS ANGELES ZOO WELCOMES NEW BREEDING GROUP OF ENDANGERED GREVY’S ZEBRAS

Media Are Invited To View The Male and Three Females On Exhibit – Thursday, Feb. 25

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

L.A. Zoo Grevy's Zebras Drinking Water (Photo by Tad Motoyama)

L.A. Zoo Grevy’s Zebras Drinking Water (Photo by Tad Motoyama)

The Los Angeles Zoo is excited to welcome four Grevy’s zebras to the Zoo’s animal community after the habitat had been vacant for five months. The new herd, consisting of one male, four years old from the Bronx Zoo, and three females, all two years old and younger and from the Jacksonville Zoo and the Oglebay Park Good Zoo, were sent to the L.A. Zoo as part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoo’s and Aquarium’s (AZA) Species Survival Program. The L.A. Zoo hopes the new group will interact positively and lead to offspring that would help educate guests about the continually declining population of this species 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.”

The Grevy’s zebra, the largest of the three species of zebra, is easily distinguished from plain and mountain zebras due to their larger frame, thin striping patterns, giant round ears, and white belly. Found in the deserts of northern Kenya and Ethiopia, the Grevy’s zebra population is rapidly declining, estimated at less than 2,500 left in the wild, due to habitat loss, reduction of available water sources, overgrazing and competition from domesticated animals, and hunting.

Guests can now view the new breeding group of Grevy’s zebras in their habitat daily, weather permitting.

WHAT:
Grevy’s Zebra Group Media Debut

WHEN:
Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

MEDIA:
Media staff should park in the Zoo’s south lot near the public bus circle, and a Zoo staff member will transport them to the zebra habitat.

PHOTOS/VIDEO:
To RSVP or request additional photos, please call (323) 644-4273.

About the Los Angeles Zoo
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at www.lazoo.org.

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