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Jan 8, 2010 1:47 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Rare zebra born at Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo is showing off a rare baby. Lakota is a Grevy's zebra born Nov. 27. The spry guy is now on display in the zebra yard, weather permitting.

Grevy's zebras are endangered with less than two thousand left in the wild. Grevy's zebras are only found in northern Kenya and south eastern Ethiopia.

Lakota is the third Grevy's zebra born at the Denver Zoo. He is the result of a breeding recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, which ensures the genetic diversity of select species.

The Denver Zoo also employs a full-time conservation biologist dedicated to Grevy's zebra research in Kenya. Kenya is the last stronghold for Grevy's zebras, as they've disappeared from most of their former habitat.

If you want to see Lakota, the Denver Zoo's winter hours, through February, are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Tickets are $9.00 ages 12-64, $5.00 for ages 3-11 and $7.00 for ages 65+ during winter season. Children under three are admitted free.

Denver Zoo is open every day. Parking is free.

 

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