St. Louis Zoo announces birth of Grevy’s Zebra foal

ST. LOUIS, MO — The St. Louis Zoo has a new Grevy's Zebra foal named Colton. As of this week, visitors can now see the baby and his mother at the Red Rocks area of the Zoo.

On Colton’s second day outside, being viewed by the public, the new baby zebra is already a fan favorite. He gravitated towards his mom, Tiombe, Thursday afternoon.

“We have a new baby zebra his name is Colton. He was born two weeks ago today to Tiombe. She's a female we've had a while now, she's had five babies at the St. Louis Zoo,” said Lauren Harster, a zookeeper in the Antelope area.

Born on July 19 to dad, Dewey, and mom, Tiombe, Colton weighed 83 pounds on his entry into this world. The feisty foal is the ninth Grevy's Zebra born at the St. Louis Zoo in the last ten years. The world-class organization works with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan.

“He`s only been outside for a couple of days. Getting more independent. Yesterday he stuck close to Mom but we're pretty happy to have him,” Harster said.

His mother`s name, Timobe, translates to 'shy' from Swahili. Colton has some of that trait, but with bursts of energy. A vote amongst keepers came up with the winning name of Colton.

“They're an endangered species of zebra,” Harster said. “They`re the largest of the zebra species. They have skinny stripes together.”

Grevy’s Zebras come from Kenya and Ethiopia. Earlier this year, 16 people from seven zoos went on a conservation trip to Africa to take part in the great Grevy's Rally.

“So it's a population count of Grevy's Zebra and we also did reticulated giraffe,” said Harster.

But in the Red Rocks area of the zoo, the new addition to the population count, Colton, is getting used to his new spot and earning some stripes next to mom.