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Meet Kito! Lincoln Park Zoo’s Newly-Named Zebra Baby Debuts

(ChicagoAugust 31, 2012) The adorable baby zebra born last week at Lincoln Park Zoo has a new name and a new home – the public yard of the zoo’s Antelope & Zebra Area. Come see this bouncing baby boy and his mom as they meet their fans for the first time on Friday.

Over 2,400 votes were cast to name the baby Kito, a Swahili word meaning “jewel.” The name won by a landslide, beating out other contenders Hanisi (born on Thursday), Akili (clever), and Daktari (doctor, healer).

“The name is fitting, as we sure think Kito is a treasure,” said General Curator Dave Bernier. “Grevy’s zebras are endangered in the wild, and we at Lincoln Park Zoo are proud to do our part in the conservation of this majestic species.”

Kito, born on August 23, is the second offspring for five-year-old mom Adia (Aah – dee – uh) and six-year-old dad Clayton. The newborn’s brother, Enzi, was born in 2010 and still lives at Lincoln Park Zoo. Adia and Clayton are recommended to breed by the Grevy’s zebra Species Survival Plan (SSP), which manages the zoo population of this endangered African animal.

Kito and his mom spent their first week together bonding in a private enclosure. Now, they are ready to meet the public!

“Adia is a protective mom, but Kito is getting brave,” said Bernier. “He is exploring his new home and stretching those long legs of his galloping around the yard.”

The pair will slowly be introduced to other members of the herd in coming weeks.  Keep an eye on the zoo’s Facebook page for updates. In the meantime, Adia and Kito can be seen daily at the Antelope & Zebra Area from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Media Contacts

Sharon Dewar
(312) 742-2246


  Tiffany Ruddle
(312) 742-5791




Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, a historic landmark founded in 1868, is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience. A leader in conservation science both globally and locally, the zoo exemplifies the highest quality animal care and educational outreach. The not-for-profit zoo, managed by The Lincoln Park Zoological Society, is a member-supported organization and one of the nation’s only free, privately managed zoos. For more information, call 312 -742-2000 or visit www.lpzoo.org.


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