Double trouble for Western Plains Zoo zebra herd

A zebra foal has been born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. It is the second one for the zoo in the past month.

The female calf was born in the morning of February 3rd 2015. Keepers named it Furaha which means joy in Swahili.

Kijani is the foal’s mother and both are doing well. The father is Bwana.

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Keeper, Andrew O’ Brien said, “This is the third foal for Kijani, who is a very experienced mother and has been showing all the right maternal behaviours towards her foal.”

“Furaha stays close to her mother’s side at present but over the coming months will start to explore her surrounds more.”

The other foal is named Marini and keepers “are anticipating that Furaha and Marini will be great playmates in the future being so close together in age, and once they both grown up a little we will see them start to interact and play together.”

Western Plains Zoo is home to nine zebra now with both the foals on exhibit.

“The best time to see the Zebra foals is in the morning when they are most active, they will often have a gallop around the exhibit followed by a rest,” added O’Brien.

“The best time to see the Zebra foals is in the morning when they are most active, they will often have a gallop around the exhibit followed by a rest.”

Photo Credit: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

By Cale Russell

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