Grevy’s Zebra Foals Make their Public Debut at Walt Disney World

We previously announced the birth of two Grevy’s zebra foals that were born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  The foals have been named Youka and Zalika.  We are so excited that they have finally made their public debut at the theme park in Walt Disney World.  The two foals are now out in their guest-facing home located on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail.


Check out these beautiful foals with their moms!

Mother Zebra Laylee and her foal Youka, at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The animals at the park have an extremely dedicated animal care team.  The team shared that Laylee’s foal, Youka, is very curious and independent, while Zuri’s foal, Zalika, is a little more on the bashful side.  The foals are learning each and every day from their moms.  They try to copy everything that their moms do so that they learn how to care for themselves.

Mother Zuri and her foal Zalika, at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Laylee and Zuri have both been confirmed by the keepers to be very good moms to their foals.  Zuri appears to be the more hovering type of mom, while Laylee is curious, just like her foal, Youka.

Unfortunately these beautiful zebras are also the most endangered of all of the zebra species.  These beautiful foals were born as part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) program to help ensure that we keep these amazing animals around for the years to come.

Next time you are at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, be sure to head over and meet Youka and Zalika!

Photo and Source Credit:  Disney Parks Blog

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About Christy Caby

I am a long time Disney addict! This love began as a child and stayed with me in my teen years. I completed the Disney College Program, was engaged and honeymooned at Disney, visited WDW while pregnant with each of our two boys, and have brought our boys since they were babies (they are now 5 and 2). We have over 10 Disney World vacations under our belt. Our recent adventure was a big move from St. Louis, MO to Florida! We knew that we needed more Disney magic that just a couple times of year, and we worked hard to make it happen! Now we hit the parks almost every weekend! We are working to dine at every location, experience every attraction and look for every hidden Mickey! We want to be able to say that we have one it all! We are branching into the Cruise Line and are planning a trip to Disneyland in California next year. To say that we are Disney addicts may be an understatement. When I am not at WDW with my family, I am reading Disney blogs and news, crafting (usually Disney décor for our home), planning Disney vacations for others or working on my dissertation for my doctoral program. I am a Project Manager by profession, so I have mastered fitting everything into a tight schedule! We feel we lead an exciting life where we get to spend a lot of time together doing what we love! I love being able to this love and Disney magic with everyone else so that others can make the most of whatever time they get to have at the most magical place on earth!