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Our Little Piece of Africa - Zimbabwe the Baby Zebra

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Our Baby Zebra - ZimbabweIt is with great pleasure that we introduce Zimbabwe, better known as Zimmy. This special little zebra found his way to Forever Safe Farm by way of a zebra breeding program that would have preferred a female baby. Male zebras tend to dominate their harem of lady zebras with little tolerance of other males…including their male offspring. It would have been a matter of time before Zimmy would be hurt due to the efforts of his father to cast him out of the herd. It is our job to make him feel welcome and content…a job we take very seriously here at FSF.

 

His name tells a story of a forgotten land that has witnessed the decimation of the zebra and other wildlife population. Economic woes as well as poaching and hunting for fun have dwindled the number of zebras in his ancestral land. If not by poaching the massive deforestation of this land would have diminished the number of zebras over time. It is with honor that we will care for him. Upon his arrival we had visions of a sweet loving little baby zebra but Zimmy had other ideas...

 

He wanted no part of our touching and nuzzling him. He spent his first few days showing us how graceful a zebra can run…away from us. We decided to give him free rein of the center of our barn with access to a nice outside area. He used most of that area to dodge our advances. We slowly lured him with grain and he made up with the kids first. Eating grain from their hands, walking up to them and finally letting them touch him. We stepped it up a bit by cornering him and giving him no choice but to accept our touch.

 

Every day, many times a day we would each touch him…all over, as much as he would allow. It wasn’t long and Zimmy would automatically go to the corner where we “cornered” him and wait to accept our advances. Soon he was coming to us freely. With the help of a friend with a lot of horse experience…we haltered him, only for a few moments and just to give him the feel of the halter. We will continue doing this until he accepts the halter and lead without hesitation.

 

Please come visit Zimmy and watch him grow.

Call 330-727-8909 to schedule a visit today!!!!

Karrin Campf

President and Sanctuary Director


Karrin's love of animals blossomed at an early age bringing any animal home that she could sneak past her parent's watchful eyes. Cats, kittens, bunnies...lead to dogs and now camels and elk. It was her good luck when she met Rob who had an equal passion for all animals, especially the "underdogs". The two of them have proudly stood side by side for a quarter of a century...dedicated to the animals that mean so much.

Together they have adopted three children from other parts of the world and have enjoyed teaching their children about animals and educating them about their proper care.

Website: www.foreversafefarm.org

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