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Saskatoon zebras arrive at Forestry Farm Park and Zoo

A zebra yawns at a zoo in Erfurt, Germany.
A zebra yawns at a zoo in Erfurt, Germany. AP Photo/Jens Meyer

A little more horsing around will take place at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo after the zoo took in five zebras earlier this week.

“The zoo was contacted by provincial officials regarding a herd of zebra that needed different accommodations,” said Jeff Mitchell, zoo manager.

“As the only CAZA (Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums) facility in Saskatchewan, we knew we had the space, skills and expertise to create a safe environment for these animals.”

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The zebras are taking up one of the three caribou habitats that have a heated and insulated barn with a large outdoor yard and pond.

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“We will keep a close eye on the herd as it adapts to its new home.”

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“Our primary concern is the comfort, health, safety and well-being of these amazing animals. We expect the zebras will keep close to the barn for the next several weeks and will eventually explore the greater areas of their new habitat,” Mitchell added.

One of the zebras at Saskatoon’s zoo.
One of the zebras at Saskatoon’s zoo. Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo

The city offered some additional information in a statement.

“The zebras arrived at the Zoo and are in foster care here after they were seized by conservation officers as part of an investigation under The Captive Wildlife Regulations. As the investigation is continuing, we are unable to comment further at this time.”

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