On September 22, the first day of fall, Grant’s Zebra “Thelma” gave birth to a healthy female foal. Zookeepers, visitors, and Social Media made it abundantly clear that there is truly only one logical and appropriate name for the baby. Como Zoo is thrilled to bestow the name “Autumn” onto the little female zebra.
Como’s current herd now consists of Ulysses, Minnie, Aurora, Thelma, and Autumn. All can be seen by the public in the outdoor Zebra and Kudu exhibit daily from 10am-4pm.
The gestation period for zebras ranges from 10-12 months. A newborn zebra’s stripes will turn from brown to black sometime between the first 9-18 months of life. Como is home to Grant’s Zebras, which are commonly found in the grassy plains of eastern Africa including the countries of Kenya and Ethiopia.
Father, Ulysses, sired the newborn. Como’s zebras are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding population.
Sponsor the Baby Zebra! Sponsoring an animal makes a great gift – that keeps giving back. Animal sponsorships are a unique way to help Como Park Zoo and Conservatory with its wildlife conservation efforts. They support enhanced habitats and efforts to maintain the best care possible for the animals, including the zebra, at Como Zoo. To purchase, visit Garden Safari Gifts at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, call 651-487-8229 or go online to comofriends.org.