Utica, New York – The Utica Zoo is very happy to announce the birth of a baby female Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra.
The baby zebra is a girl and was born on July 30th.
States Utica Zoo’s Deputy Director of Life Sciences Jay Pratte says, “The birth of a baby zebra is always significant, more so due to the rarity of this subspecies in accredited North American zoos. Zecora has been a staff favorite since her arrival last year, and her caregivers could not be more excited about this event. Everyone has fallen in love with our new little girl, even if only from pictures! Once we are confident that the foal is strong and stable enough to navigate the large zebra habitat, we will be happy to share her with everyone”.
Since 2021, renovations have been underway for Zecora’s arrival and include a new barn and outside yard with an enrichment/training area, as well as a space for herd expansion. Additional renovations are planned for Run due, the Hartmann’s Mountain Stallion who lives in a nearby barn located in the African Ridge area of the zoo.
Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras have an average lifespan of 20 years or more, with the oldest documented mountain zebra under human care being 29 years old.
The species is listed as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List. There are currently only 75 Hartmann’s Mountain zebras housed under human care in the United States.