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Zoo's new zebra a friendly gent

Zoo News - Posted 6 October 2014

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Hamilton Zoo’s new zebra stallion is a friendly young gentleman with an inquisitive nature.

Malawi, who is two and a half years old, arrived from Canberra’s National Zoo and Aquarium last week, and has settled in well to Hamilton Zoo’s zebra herd after the trip across the Tasman Sea, accompanied by one of Hamilton Zoo’s veterinarians.

Samantha Kudeweh, Hamilton Zoo Curator, says the young male has so far proven to be “very relaxed, and an inquisitive guy who is not trying to push anyone around”.

Malawi was brought to Hamilton Zoo at the recommendation of the regional species co-ordinator, with the intention that he will become the Hamilton Zoo herd’s breeding stallion.

“Malawi joins our herd of five females,” Mrs Kudeweh says. “He has met them all already and they were happy to see him – they’re all mixed in and a happy herd. We expect him to settle in well and then start breeding within the next six months.”

Bwana, the previous breeding stallion at Hamilton Zoo, has been transferred to Taronga Western Plains Zoo, in Dubbo, New South Wales, where he will sire other foals to that zoo’s females.

Mrs Kudeweh says Malawi can be identified by his so-called “‘shadow stripes” - smaller stripes between his regular black ones - which the female zebras don’t have, and he is quite large for his age.

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