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Rare Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has welcomed a new addition to its lush savannahs – a rare baby Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra!

This new arrival is cause for a very special celebration as the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra is listed as a vulnerable species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s red list of threatened species with only 7,000 of the animals left worldwide.

The Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and many other species native to Africa have become endangered due to loss of habitat.

Disney is, of course, actively involved in the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP) with Animal Kingdom Lodge and Animal Kingdom park serving as two sanctuaries for these beautiful animals.

Disney’s Animal Program team is proud to have played its part in the successful birth of a rare species.

Zebra Fun Facts!

Two species of zebra live on the savannahs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Plains Zebras and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras.

If you look carefully, you can tell which zebra species is which by their stripes: Plains Zebras have wider stripes that wrap around their bellies.

The Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras have thinner stripes that do not extend around the belly.

There are many theories concerning the major function of the stripes on a zebra.

Most scientists believe that the zebra’s stripes may serve to break up the outline of the zebra’s body in the herd and provide some camouflage when the zebra is standing in tall grass.

And no two individual zebras look exactly alike!

Like zebras, many local species of wildlife are threatened by loss of habitat.

To learn more about Disney’s conservation efforts, please visit  http://thewaltdisneycompany.com/citizenship/environmental-stewardship/disney-worldwide-conservation-fund

Where to See

Guests will be able to see the new filly with her mother roaming the savannahs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge!

If you will be in the area, go take a look!

You may be lucky enough to spot the new baby’s stripes!

Hartmann Mountain Zebra Born

By Marie Ospina

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