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New Zebra Foal Born At Cape May County Zoo, Naming Contest Underway

New Zebra Foal Born At Cape May County Zoo, Naming Contest Underway


May 4th 2024

On April 22, a zebra foal made her debut at the Cape May County Zoo, just in time to celebrate Earth Day. The foal, born to Lydia and Ziggy, has already become a delightful addition to the zoo’s herd or dazzle.

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The foal is a female and has joined her mother and father outside in their habitat. Visitors can see her playing in the yard alongside her Aunt Gracie. The foal’s two older sisters, Stormy and Stardust, are temporarily in a separate paddock until the foal is stronger and more secure and can tolerate playing together.

 

“We are excited to announce the addition of a zebra foal to the herd at the County Zoo. With her arrival the total number of Zebra in our exhibit now stands at six. Visitors can expect to see her and her family up close as they explore the Zoo’s Savanna area. Mom and baby are doing fine, and the Zoo staff is anxious to show her off to the public,” said Commissioner Andrew Bulakowski, liaison to the Parks and Zoo.

The Zebras at the Cape May County Zoo are Grant’s Zebras, a subspecies of the Plains Zebras and are smaller in size. They are the most common and geographically widespread species of zebra found in east and southern Africa. They live in treeless grasslands and savanna woodlands. They are Herbivores with high-crowned teeth that allows them to eat coarser short grasses and other vegetation.

 

“The Zoo is a great attraction that serves to educate and entertain our residents and visitors. I encourage everyone to visit the Zoo to see this new addition. The zoo plans to hold a naming contest for the new foal. Visitors can participate and help choose a fitting name for her,” Bulakowski added.

The lifespan of a zebra in captivity is around 40 years; in the wild the lifespan is up to 20 years. Gestation is about 345-390 days or about 13 months. Nearly 50% of foals born in the wild are lost due to predation. Foals can run within one hour after birth.

The Cape May County Parks and Zoo are free to the public. The Parks are open from 7 a.m. until dusk daily. The Zoo is open 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. For more information about the Zoo, go to cmczoo.com.

On the Zoo's Facebook page, they are accepting name-donations, which are a fun way to be involved in one of the best free zoos in the world!  

The Zookeepers have narrowed it down to three names with an earthly vibe seeing as this little girl was born on Earth Day. Please vote with your donation online with the link below or at our Zoo Entrance between now and the end of May. All proceeds go directly to the care of our animals!

Gaia, Terra or Dahlia . . . what’s your favorite?  Click Here To Vote!

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