Mammal Monday 22: more hooves from Marwell

We’ve seen the giraffes (twice), the African Forest buffalo and Dama gazelles – but Marwell Zoo has more on offer in the ungulate department!

I think these are Dorcas gazelles (Gazella dorcas). When we first got there they all stayed in their stable, as it was raining.

Lil’ gazelle no like da rain!

which gave us all a good opportunity to get attack-of-the-cute shots. Cuddly!

Later, they went outside and I got a series of pictures of a young suckling. That’s quite a rough affair, with the baby banging its head into Mom’s belly to get the milk flowing.

Other hoofed inhabitants include all species of zebra (although I am dead sure other zoos and biologists will come to a different total – what exactly is a sub-species of Equus quagga or a species of its own is a wonderful field for lumpers and splitters).

 

Mountain zebra (Equus zebra) at top – note the unbarred belly! I have no idea if this is a Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra or a Cape Mountain Zebra. The bottom picture is of two very lively Plains Zebras (Equus quagga) – I’ll later show more of their catfight…. erh, mare-fight.

For some odd reason I did not get any photos of the Grévy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi). One from the Tierpark Berlin will have to do.

 

And then, when we were about to leave, we did find a fourth species of zebra. Dave Hone recognized the species immediately: The Zombie Zebra from Hell (Equus hadensis):

 

 

 

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About Heinrich Mallison

I'm a dinosaur biomech guy working at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
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3 Responses to Mammal Monday 22: more hooves from Marwell

  1. himmapaan says:

    Love! That is all.

  2. The Equus zebra is a Hartmann’s, according to zootierlist.de … and I’ve got one of those zombie zebras from years ago. I always thought it looked like it was giving birth to octuplets.

  3. Pingback: Rainy day zoo visits | dinosaurpalaeo

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