A new zebra has arrived at Wild Place Project and there is hope that it will lead to the patter of tiny hooves.
Peter, a two-year-old zebra, came to the wildlife park near Cribbs Causeway from Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire.
And keepers are hoping that he will mate successfully with the zebra mare at Wild Place called Florence.
Peter was transported from Longleat by road in a specially designed trailer and is now making himself at home.
He has already met Florence and Wild Place’s other zebra Zak as well as the giraffe and eland who live in neighbouring paddocks.
Will Walker, animal manager at Wild Place Project, said: “Peter has settled in well and we are sure all of our visitors will enjoy seeing him at Wild Place Project and hopefully in time he and Florence will become successful parents.
“If that happens it will help ensure the future of zebras because they are now close to be classified as vulnerable as their population in the wild is now around 500,000.
“That is almost a quarter down on what it was in 2002, a reduction in numbers that is both serious and worrying”
Peter is a Grant’s zebra, which is a subspecies of the plains zebra, found in Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
The numbers of plains zebra have fallen in 10 out of the 17 ranges in which are found and few, if any, are living outside of protected areas.