Bakari, baby zebra

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A new Grevy’s zebra is on display to the public along the Africa Trail at the Phoenix Zoo. Born on Jan. 19 to Masika and Punda, the newest addition to the zoo’s herd of Grevy’s zebras weighed in at an even 100 pounds.

This male foal marks the 19th born at the Phoenix Zoo since 1987 adding to the sparse population of Grevy’s zebras, an endangered species.

He enjoys exploring his exhibit and is playing with another male foal, Utambo, born just a couple of months earlier in November to mother Afiya. Both foals share the same father. The new male had his name chosen by the mother.

Zookeepers worked on a plan to have Masika choose from three bags of treats that each were labeled with a name selected by the zoo’s hoofstock team. She chose the name Bakari, which is Swahili for “one who will succeed.”

Every Grevy’s zebra’s birth is a symbol that the species has a chance to rebuild and survive. This foal will carry on the task to represent the species.

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