New baby zebra at Hamilton Zoo

The mother and foal are doing well. Photo / Supplied
The mother and foal are doing well. Photo / Supplied

Hamilton Zoo has welcomed the birth of a baby zebra.

The yet-to-be-named foal was born early Monday morning, and is the fourth offspring for 9-year-old mother Marble and the 11th child for 8-year-old father Bwana.

Zookeeper Louise van der Sande said both the mother and foal are doing well.

"The foal is doing really great. He's healthy and is walking and drinking from his mother. Like horses, zebras are highly sociable animals so our new zebra is already enjoying exploring his new home and meeting the other animals."

The new zebra can be seen in the zoo's savannah enclosure, which also houses giraffes and antelopes.

Yesterday's birth takes the number of zebra at Hamilton Zoo to seven, including three males and four females.

There are around 20 zebras in New Zealand.

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