Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Zebras Earn Their Stripes on Long Journey to the Darling Downs

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Zebras Earn Their Stripes on Long Journey to the Darling Downs

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THEY mightn't change their stripes, but the newest residents at the Darling Downs Zoo have dealt with a distinct change in habitat.

The Darling Downs Zoo at Pilton has just imported 10 young zebras from Texas -- a collection that has been in the works for six years.

The zebras left Texas in the midst of a cold snap sweeping the United States, in a climate of about minus 11 degrees, only to be greeted by 40-degree weather on the Darling Downs.

Zoo director Stephanie Robinson said she was relieved to have the zebras in the zoo, with a change in import health protocols with the spread of equine flu stretching out the process.

"They aren't getting as heat stressed now -- the first four or five days, we had a hose on them virtually all day, keeping the whole stable complex cool," she said.

"They're somewhat more stressy than horses -- there's no domestication whatsoever, they're really a pack animal. …

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