photo - Athena, our new black, white stripped zebra, side view in her new home, mane and tail also black and white, muzzle is black with tint of orange on it.

Louisville Zoo Welcomes New Zebra

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
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Meet Athena — The Louisville Zoo welcomes the nearly 2-year-old female Hartmann’s mountain zebra.

Athena comes to Louisville from the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, VA.  She is the sister of our female zebra Azizi.

Athena joins Azizi and Enid (both females) and male zebra Gibbs in regular rotation in the zebra exhibit near the African Outpost.


Hartmann’s mountain zebras are found in dry, stony mountains and semideserts of southwest Africa and western Angola. No two zebras have identical stripe patterns. This makes it easier for members of a herd to recognize each other but harder for their main predator, the lion, to single one out. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has them listed as vulnerable.


The Louisville Zoo, a nonprofit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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