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Toronto Zoo Announces A Name for their Baby Zebra

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: December 23, 2020 10:10 pm

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The zebra foal at the Toronto Zoo has been named Poe

Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo in Canada have announced a name for their Grevy’s zebra foal born in the early hours of Tuesday December 1st 2020. Parents Tori and Jake were recommended to breed by the Grevy's Zebra Species Survival Plan (SSP) to boost the numbers of Jake’s underrepresented genetics in the captive zebra population.


Until now the foal has been affectionately known as #BBZeeBee. Over 8,000 people participated in the online vote which allowed you to choose between four possible names inspired by the Star Wars film series.

The name reveal for the baby zebra at the Toronto Zoo

Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo

In the end Poe won the popular vote. Poe joins previous foals which have been named Luke, Leia, Rey and Obi.

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Grevy’s zebra are listed as endangered by the the International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN). They face a range of threats including habitat loss, poaching and competition with livestock.


The Toronto Zoo is helping to save this species through their captive breeding program and by supporting conservation programs in the wild.

The zebra foal at the Toronto Zoo has been named Poe

Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo

Learn more about zebras here – Zebra | The Animal Facts


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