Grants Zebra

INTRODUCTION

Grant’s Zebras live in small herds with one male called a stallion and a few females (mares) along with any young foals. Within an hour of being born the foal will be up and running with the herd.

The black and white stripes covering their bodies help to blend the herd into one, stopping predators like lions from picking out one zebra. We currently have a small herd of zebra which consists of three mares, one stallion and a young colt. It is thought that many prey species can time the birth of young to coincide with bad weather when predators are less active.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Equus quagga boehmi

Status:

Near threatened

Size:

2.2 to 2.5m

Weight:

175 - 385kg

Life Span in Wild:

20 years

Habitat:

Grasslands

Diet:

Herbivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Grass, leaves, buds

Where Do I Live?

Eastern and South East Africa

Do I Have Any Predators?

Lions, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Leopards, African Wild Dogs, Humans

How Do I Live?

Diurnal, Terrestrial, Mixed groups called herds

Why Am I Endangered?

Plains Zebra are threatened by hunting through much of their range, especially when they move out of protected areas. Hunting for their skins occurs, particularly in East Africa as these subspecies do not have the shadow stripe present in southern African subspecies

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