The Seneca Park Zoo is welcoming a new zebra to its Savanna exhibit.
The five-year-old female, named Lydia, arrived recently from the Columbus Zoo, where Lydia has lived since she was one-month-old.
In return, the Seneca Park Zoo is sending its ostrich Echo to the Columbus Zoo. The decision comes after another ostrich was killed while trying to acclimate with rhinos in a shared habitat at the Seneca Park Zoo. The zoo says that when it became clear the animals, which often cohabitate in the wild and at other zoos, couldn’t live together, they started looking at other options.
“The move of Lydia the zebra created an opportunity for Echo the ostrich,” said Larry Staub, Director of Parks and Seneca Park Zoo. “Columbus expressed the desire to bring Echo into their flock, so Lydia’s arrival in Rochester created the perfect opportunity to place Echo with other ostriches.”
More information on the zoo is available here.