A Rare Find: Kenya Polka Dot Zebra!25.06.20 | Nathan
We couldn’t believe it when our clients returned from their safari holiday to the Masa Mara in Kenya. During the debrief with Mr Kilpatrick it became apparent during their safari they had managed to spot a rare polka-dot zebra! The news had even spread to the international press about this rare foal. We were excited to hear one of our clients had experienced the sighting first-hand for themselves on a safari we had arranged.
One of the media outlets to report on the sighting was National Geographic (18/9/19) which explained that zebras do sometimes have colour variations such as partial albinism. Earlier in 2019, the rare ‘blond’ zebra was photographed in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.
One of the first to capture the rare zebra above was Antony Tira, a Masai tour guide. “At first, I thought it was a Zebra that had been captured and painted or marked for purposes of [researching] migration,” Mr. Tira told the Daily Nation, a Kenyan newspaper. “I was confused when I first saw it.” After carefully studying the foal, he realised it was in fact a newborn foal with a different pigmentation.
The zebra has since been named ‘Tira’ by the local Maasai guide who first found him on 13th September 2019. “There is a general rule within the park; whoever finds an animal of significance gets to name it. Tira was the surname of the guide who found him.” (forbes. com)
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Many thanks to Mr Kilpatrick for these wonderful photographs.