New arrival joins our zebra herd
Animal news | 31 May 2021
A new zebra foal emerged blinking into the light of Dresden Zoo on 11 May. The baby boy, named Django, arrived overnight in the outdoor enclosure, giving our keepers a surprise when they started work the next morning. He is the first male foal born to experienced four-time mum Zyta, who has previously given birth to three daughters. Youngest daughter Camina, Django’s sister, was born in 2020 and is also part of our small herd. The fourth member is Bolani, a young female who arrived from Wroclaw Zoo in Poland in 2020.
Dad Ibenge is no longer at Dresden Zoo, having moved to Borysew Zoo in Poland in 2020.
Female zebras have a gestation period of about 12 months, and then give birth to a single foal, which is able to stand and walk on its own soon after birth. The mother-child bond is initially very strong, with the foal never leaving its mother’s side.
Django is no exception – he has a healthy appetite and suckles regularly. We are delighted at this development, and also to see how relaxed the herd is with our Kordofan giraffes, which share the same outdoor space.