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Toronto Zoo wants you to help name their adorable baby zebra (VIDEO)

Ainsley Smith Feb 26, 2019 7:46 am 128

The Toronto Zoo welcomed an adorable baby zebra this month — and now the public has the chance to name the new animal.

Tori, an 8-year-old Grevy’s zebra, gave birth to a male foal in the early morning hours on Wednesday, February 13, the zoo announced Tuesday.

According to the zoo, both the mom and foal are doing well and are both currently in the indoor zebra habitat which is not viewable to the public at this time.

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The zoo is now asking the public to help name the baby zebra, and zookeepers have come up with four options for the public to choose from.

  • J.J. – After the foal’s dad
  • T.J. – For Tori Jr. after the foal’s mom, or for the foal’s parents Tori and Jake
  • Chewy -Sticks with the zoo’s Star Wars theme of its other Zebra’s Luke, Leia, and Rey
  • Obi – Another Star Wars option

The public can vote on the zoo’s Facebook page and the most popular name will be announced on March 12.

The zoo says this birth is important for Grevy’s zebra conservation as the species is currently listed as endangered on the IUCN’s Red List, with only 2,800 left in the wild.

Grevy’s zebras were first put on the IUCN list in 1986 after their population began to decline due to overhunting in the late 1970s, said the zoo in a statement. 

Today, Grevy’s zebras are primarily found in Kenya and Ethiopia and, over the past 30 years, their global population has declined by approximately 70%.

The major threats facing Grevy’s zebras are the loss of grazing habitat and reduced access to available water sources, competition for resources, hunting, and disease.

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