— A Zebra named Dan finds his home in DC
— On this date on November 24, 1904, an Ethiopian Grevy’s Zebra Stallion named Dan arrived at his new home at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.
A gift from Emperor Menelik to President Theodore Roosevelt, the Zebra was among the animals brought to the United States with the returning US Diplomatic mission which arrived in Ethiopia a year earlier.
The Grévy’s zebra, or Equus grevyi, is reported known as the imperial zebra, and is the largest and most endangered of the three species of zebra—named after the French President Jules Grévy(1879-87).
The Grévy’s zebra is found exclusively in Kenya and Ethiopia.
It was reported by the Maryland Historical Trust that the zebra was later loaned for a while to the US Dept of Agriculture for use in cross-breeding experiments with horses and asses.
At least some of the hybrid offspring went to Sells-Floto circus, according to the website messybeast dotcom .
In the annual SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION report of 1920, it reported that the zebra was four years old when it arrived. It added that Dan passed away on December 4, 1919 .
(Source: Zoo Culture, wikipedia)