Guests riding Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom today were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a brand new baby zebra who was born right on the savanna today, according to the Disney Parks Blog.

  • The new foal is a Hartmann’s mountain zebra and was born at an estimated 65 pounds.
  • In the image above, you can see the new foal with his mother, Heidi. The pair will rejoin sister Asha and the rest of the herd on the savanna in the coming weeks.
  • The foal was born as part of the Species Survival Plan program that ensures responsible breeding and genetic diversity of hundreds of animal species.

  • The arrival of this new foal marks the first zebra birth at Walt Disney World this year.
  • Walt Disney World Resort is home to three different types of zebra:
    • Hartmann’s mountain zebra
    • Grevy’s zebra
    • plains zebra
  • Each of these three types has a distinct strip pattern that defines them.
  • Hartmann’s mountain zebras are found in sub-Saharan Africa and are a vulnerable species due to habitat loss and hunting.
  • Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President, Disney’s Animals, Science & Environment, shared a couple of photos and a video of the new baby:

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