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


About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!