The circle of life moves us all, and it just keeps on moving at Animal Kingdom. On Monday, Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcomed a baby zebra into the world– and he’s just the cutest.
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Congratulations to Heidi the Zebra
Some lucky Kilimanjaro Safaris riders got to witness a special moment yesterday out on the savanna. The newest resident of the Harambe Wildlife Reserve, a healthy baby boy, took his first steps in front of guests.
Heidi, the proud mama, looked on as the Hartmann’s mountain zebra foal found sure footing. Within a few minutes, the as-yet-unnamed baby zebra and his mother were nuzzling.
The pair continued to bond, allowing the boy to learn his mother’s stripes and scent. You can bet onlookers felt a sudden urge to call their moms.
Heidi is no stranger to the joys of motherhood. Last March, Heidi gave birth to another Hartmann’s zebra foal—a 65-pound girl. She was later named Asha, which means “hope” in Sanskrit, and “life” in Swahili.
Heidi, Asha, and the new baby boy will reunite with the rest of the herd out on the savanna in the weeks to come. We’re looking forward to hearing what name Disney’s Animal Kingdom picks for the new zebra.
New Baby Zebra is WDW’s First of the Year
The beautiful baby born Monday is the first new zebra to arrive at Walt Disney World in 2021. His birth is part of the Species Survival Plan, which guarantees responsible breeding practices.
Heidi and her kiddos are Hartmann’s mountain zebras, which naturally reside in sub-Sharan Africa. This species of zebra is considered vulnerable due to loss of habitat and hunting.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to three kinds of zebra: Hartmann’s mountain zebras, Grevy’s zebras, and plains zebras. Hartmann’s mountain and Grevy’s zebras look very similar—the former is notable for its larger ears.
Got a good name in mind for the new baby zebra at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Visit us on our Facebook page and tell us what you’d call this handsome boy (apart from Zebra McZebraface).