A Horse a horse my kingdom for a horse cried Richard 111 in Shakespeareplay, but would he has been happy with a Zebra?
Probably not! ButI certainly think they deserve a place in the Equine Heritage Exhibit.
The criteria of the project are to locate - photograph and document all theanimals that make up the equine population in Alberta.
Like all the other breeds of equines I have had the privilegeof photographing they too came from somewhere for some reason. Plus they arevery cute, this mother and daughter pair live at the Calgary zoo and form partof the African savannah display, they have a lovely enclosure that they sharewith a few ostriches and the giraffes during the summer Although the zebrashave adapted very well to our cold snowy winters and only stay inside if thetemperatures dip below minus 15.
They will be bred to a stallion in the spring and hopefullyproduce some new members to the herd. Mona Keith - their keeper explained that the male zebras are veryterritorial and aggressive so they are kept separately at another facility andthe mares will only travel to visit him at breeding time. I was curious to knowhow keeping a zebra would differ from keeping a horse, Mona explained – Notmuch really they eat the same foods are wormed regularly and have their hoovestrimmed, she did say their temperament was more like a donkey than a horse, andat the zoo they do not try to tame or handle the “wild” animals. But as Ifollowed Mona into their enclosure to take pictures and get up close and personal,they were just like all the other equines I have photographed - inquisitive and sure I was bringingthem a treat. Did I mention incredibly cute.
If you would like to see more pictures of the zebra’s andtrack the progress of the EquineHeritage Exhibit please visit my web site www.imagineitsold.ca and click onHeritage