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| 10/12/2012

"To our normal guests, it may seem as though a zebra is a zebra is a zebra."

-- Matt Hohne

Zebras are being reintroduced slowly to Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park, where they will be the new finale of the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction that carries guests through an Africa-inspired savanna.

Fifteen Plains zebras have been adjusting to their Florida surroundings in backstage areas of Walt Disney World since arriving in February, said Matt Hohne, animal-operations director.

"Zebras are probably one of the most iconic of all the African mammals, and guests have repeatedly, through the years, told us that it's one of the animals they'd really like to see more of," Hohne said.

The herd was acquired en masse through the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums, a nonprofit organization that backs the conservation and science sides of animal studies.

Read more at the Orlando Sentinel.

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