An endangered Grevy's zebra was born yesterday and the Lincoln Park Zoo is asking for the public's help in picking a name for the young male foal.
Until midnight next Thursday people can go to the zoo website -- http://www.lpzoo.org/namethezebra -- to vote on one of four Swahili names.
According to a zoo release, the four options are:
--Hanisi – which means “born on Thursday”
--Akili – means “clever”
--Kito – means “jewel”
--Daktari – means “doctor, healer”
The winning moniker will be announced on Aug. 31 on the zoo’s Facebook page.
“This little colt is all legs and is glued to mom’s side,” said General Curator Dave Bernier in the release. “Right now he has characteristic brown stripes that will get darker as he grows up, eventually turning black to match the rest of our herd.”
The male foal is the second offspring for 5-year-old mom Adia and 6-year-old dad Clayton. The newborn’s brother, Enzi, was born in 2010 and still lives at Lincoln Park Zoo.
“We couldn’t be happier with the new arrival. Adia was a wonderful mother to Enzi, and she is being just as attentive, protective, and playful with her new offspring,” said Bernier.
Adia and her foal are in a private enclosure to enable them to bond, but they should be viewable by the public at the zoo’s Antelope & Zebra Area soon. They will slowly be introduced to other members of the herd in coming weeks, zoo officials said.