Edinburgh Zoo Debuts Baby Zebras

Kid Friendly, What's New — By Christina Maria Paschyn on May 30, 2011 at 11:33 am

Two rare baby zebras that were born three months ago have now made their public debut at Edinburgh Zoo. The adorable creatures are Grevy zebras, a particularly endangered species of zebra noted for its large ears and narrow stripes. There are only 2,000-2,5000 Grevy zebras left on the planet due to habitat destruction and poaching for its highly sought-after skin.

One of the baby zebras at Edinburgh Zoo

The young zebras will live in the Plains of Africa area of the zoo. Edinburgh Zoo has had a quite a few additions to its furry residents this year. Earlier this month, baby Penguins began hatching, the zoo welcomed two Nyala antelopes in February and March, and soon two pandas from China will be arriving.

There are so many cool things to do at the zoo. The most popular event is the Penguin Parade, when zookeepers open the gates of the penguin enclosure and visitors stand on the sidelines to watch the penguins take a leisurely stroll around the penguin lawn. It happens every day at 2:15 p.m. and is really the highlight of any zoo trip. Watch a preview of the parade:

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Visitors should also head to the zoo’s Budongo Trail and Living Links where you can mingle with chimpanzees and other primates. If you have many kids in tow, give yourself a break and hop on the Hilltop Safari bus for a free ride and guided tour of the zoo. It runs daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Other animals on display include cuddly sun bears, leopards and a giant anteater.

The Edinburgh Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. It is located on Corstorphine Road. Admission costs £15.50 for adults and £11.00 for children (kids under 3 get in for free).

[Image Credit: Horizontal Grevy Zebra by Rainbirder; Vertical zebra by HorseTalk.co.nz]

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