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Zebra foal Ziwa dazzling at Werribee Open Range Zoo

11 May 2017

Keepers are celebrating the birth of a healthy Zebra foal at Werribee Open Range Zoo just in time for Mother’s Day.

The female foal was born early in the morning of Friday 28 April to first time mum Zaide and keepers are delighted with how they are progressing.

The Plains Zebra foal has been named Ziwa by her keepers after a Rhino and Wildlife Conservancy in Uganda. Ziwa is the first Zebra born at Werribee Open Range Zoo since 2012.

Zebra foals typically weigh between 20-30 kilograms at birth and the foal is doing well under the watchful eye of mum. This is Zaide’s first foal and her keepers report that she has been the perfect mother.

Zebra are very protective of their young and she is keeping a close eye on Ziwa and making sure she does not stray too far from the herd.

While Plains Zebra are doing well in the wild, their cousins the Grevy's Zebra are on the brink of extinction with only an estimated 2000 left in the wild. Zoos Victoria's community conservation program 'Beads for Wildlife' aims to help provide a stable income for women in Northern Kenya, reducing the community’s reliance on domestic livestock which competes with zebras and other wildlife for natural resources.

Visitors can see Ziwa every day on safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo.