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Ventura Wildlife Park in Ware welcomes its first baby zebra

PUBLISHED: 11:13 24 June 2019 | UPDATED: 11:13 24 June 2019

The baby grant's zebra born at Ventura Wildlife Park

The baby grant's zebra born at Ventura Wildlife Park

Ventura Wildlife Park

A very special new arrival has been welcomed at the park at Van Hage Garden Centre

A very special new arrival has been welcomed at Ventura Wildlife Park in Ware. The baby Grant's zebra, named Bayo - an African word meaning 'joy is found' - is the first to be born at the park at Van Hage Garden Centre. The breed is a sub-species of the plains zebra and the smallest zebra in the world.

It's the first time the park's resident pair of zebra, Zelda and Sonny, have bred since their arrival at the park in spring 2016.

Park founder Ashley Palmier said the team is looking forward to sharing the latest arrival with visitors. He added, 'We are delighted to announce the arrival of our first ever baby zebra which is amazing news for us all. This birth is something we are extremely proud of and something for all the community to enjoy.'

Ventura Wildlife Park is the first site in Herts to keep the species since Walter Rothschild kept a herd at Tring Park in the Victorian period. The zoologist and founder of what is now the Natural History Museum at Tring trained a zebra to pull a carriage to disprove the theory it was impossible to tame the animal.

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