(KMOV) – The St. Louis Zoo on Thursday was excited to announce a record five Somali wild ass foals have been born this year.
The foals, three males and two females, were born at the zoo between Aug. 19 and Oct. 15. They are all children of a male named Abai, who came to the zoo in 2005.
All were born from a different mother. Here’s a round-up of the foals:
- A male named Hirizi, which is Swahili for charm or amulet, was born to 6-year-old Haiba, a first-time mother who came from Europe.
- A female named Farah, which means joy or cheerfulness, was born to 9-year-old Fataki, a female that came from San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2005.
- A female named Luana was born to 4-year-old Luuli, who came to the Saint Louis Zoo in 2010. Luana which means enjoyment.
- Tristan, a male whose name means clever one, was born to 9-year-old Tukia.
- A male named Rebel was born to 9-year-old Liberty.
Zoo officials say the Somali wild ass is a critically endangered member of the horse family, with probably less than 1,000 in existence.
The species is the smallest of all wild horses, asses and zebras, standing about four feet tall at the shoulder and weighing about 600 pounds.