This is the first birth of a Grevy’s zebra in Singapore Zoo and the female foal has been named Izara, a girl’s name of African origin meaning star.
Under the care of Mandai Wildlife Group, the Grevy’s herd at Singapore Zoo is part of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) ex-situ programme (EEP) for the species, which aims to maintain a healthy and sustainable population under human care for both conservation and educational purposes.“Every birth is a celebration and this healthy and active foal will play a part in contributing to the population under human care. With fewer than 2,000 left in the wild and just over 400 under human care, this new addition marks a monumental step in the protection of the endangered Grevy’s species,” said Dr Luis Carlos Neves, Vice-President, Animal Care, Mandai Wildlife Group.
Wild populations have fallen by 85 per cent in the last 30 years with their decline attributed to a reduction of water sources, habitat loss, hunting and disease. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the Grevy’s zebra as endangered.