I have an oppurtunity to adopt a Zebra...

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by CoopCrazy, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    I have an oppurtunity to get a Zebra from a gentleman who is shipping out soon ... He has to get rid of all his animals and all he has left to find a home for is a mini horse and a zebra.. What I would like to know is does anyone have experience with them ?? Do you treat them as you would a horse ? Are they safe to have around children? Any ideas are welcome...
     
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  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    http://www.noahs-ark.org/

    that place has a rescue zebra...

    White Oak Plantation in Jax FL has a heard of them.

    http://www.animalshelter.org/shelters/Thunder_Hill_Great_Dane_Rescue_rId4190_rS_pC.html

    This one too but they seem to have run out of funds.

    http://www.altpet.net/

    here is a poorly designed site that may have info- it was too cluttered for my eyes.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=1006011101837

    http://www.kentucky.com/211/story/807401.html


    http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/updates/updates.asp?Rhino=&ID=156 (Read this one)

    Google: zebra pet -joke -tattoo -pen -technologies -finch -mussels -shutterfly -finches -book -mug

    You might need a permit, also what type of zebra is it, it might matter to the Endangered species act.



    Google: zebra rescue -carriers -joke -tattoo -pen -technologies -finch -mussels -shutterfly -finches -book -mug
     
  3. tdgill

    tdgill Chillin' With My Peeps

    if you adopt the zebra, ask the fella if the mini horse is the zebra's buddy. It might be best if so, to adopt both.
     
  4. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    Quote:Thats the plan .. Its gonna be long process before I accept .. As I want to meet it and see its temperment, health, and current condition .. I am trying to search to find out if I will need permits ... Also I have to make sure we have adequite housing for them ..
     
  5. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    VERMONT
    Wow, what a fabulous opportunity! Zebras are probably easy keepers so go easy on the feed! They probably only need hay and regular worming. Check also with your Vet to get a professional opinon for any special care.
     
  6. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    One good thing is the guy that has it is only 45 minutes away and already has a vet and farrier .. So i dont see why I cant use them as well... Makes it much easier then searching for a new one... Any ideas where to look to see if I need permit ??
     
  7. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    I've heard that they can be kind of nasty and obnoxious and injure quite a few animal keepers in zoos. However, if this one has been a pet and a few generations of captivity, it may be different. A zebra competed in the Old Dominion endurance ride a few years back in the 25 mile division so they can be trained to ride. If you have the room and can afford it, go for it. But remember, there IS a reason that no African tribes ever launched a "zebra cavalry." They don't domesticate as awell as horses.
     
  8. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    Quote:Thats what ive heard I think it would be a lawn ornament more then anything .. Still researching and waitng for the guy to get back .. This will be a slow process as I don not want to take on something I cant handle...
     
  9. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    Zebras are like an ill tempered donkey. Unluckily few horsemen work with them. Most are raised by non horsey people as pets. Because of mishandling few are ever safe around a child. Most are unsafe for adults. There is always a possibility this one is one of the correctly handled ones but the chances are slim.

    Years ago my neighbor was given a cute little donkey. She would come right up everyone. She would check them out for treats. If no treats appear or if she was done with one she would then wheel around and kick with both hinds.... [​IMG]
     
  10. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    I understand .. I will be checking this guy out on his tempermant first and fore most and also looking at some rescues that might take him if it isnt gonna work out ...
     

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