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Blackbrook Zoo welcomes rare Damara zebra pair
The pair are said to be settling in well

Blackbrook Zoo in north Staffordshire has taken delivery of two rare Damara zebras, named Imara and Dunya.

The Damara breed originate from Africa, but this pair of females have come from a zoo in the Netherlands.

Curator John Paul Houston said: "This is just the start. We are expecting a breeding male, Marvin, next year."

The thirty-acre Blackbrook Zoological Park, at Winkhill, near Leek, opened in 1991. It is home to the largest bird park in the UK.

Unique striping

John Paul Houston said the present aim of the zoo was to expand its mammal collection: "We are introducing different species of antelope, the critically endangered warty pig, and now the zebra."

Blackbrook has provided custom-created quarters for the zebras

Damara zebras are unique among the plains-zebra subspecies because of their stripes: alongside their customary black stripes, these zebras also have a grey shadow line.

As with all zebras, no two sets of stripes are the same, each being as unique as a human fingerprint.

The pair are said to be settling in comfortably.

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