Grant’s Zebra

STATUSLeast Concern

COMMON NAME (SCIENTIFIC NAME)Equus quagga boehmi

DIETCoarse grass and low vegetation

RANGECentral and southern Africa

HABITATSavannas, grasslands, and woodlands

Grant’s Zebra

Physical Description

Grant’s Zebras are roughly 5 feet tall and can weigh up to 800 lbs. Each zebra has a unique stripe pattern of black or brown and white stripes. Zebras have dark skin, black hooves, and dense fur, potentially to protect against the harsh African sun.


Predators

Common predators for zebras are lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs, and African wild dogs. When threatened, the herd will often form a circle around the most vulnerable members. Nearly 50% of calves are lost due to predation.


Lifespan

In the wild, they usually live 20-25 years, but under human care, they can live 30-40 years.


Reproduction

Births, usually a single foal, can occur any time of the year, and the gestation period is 360-396 days. Foals weigh 66-77 lbs at birth, are striped brown and cream, and can stand and nurse very soon after birth.


Fun Facts

  • Within each herd are cohesive family sub-groups composed of one stallion, several mares, and young zebras. Mares normally stay in the same family group for their lifetime.
  • Zebras will sleep in turns so that some members of the herd are always awake.

Conservation Messaging

Our Ostriches and Zebras are found throughout different areas of Africa. Like many other animals in Africa, habitat loss has been increasing due to human encroachment. Agriculture, infrastructure, and resource extraction are just a few of the contributions to the destruction of wildlife habitats in Africa. One thing that we can do is support sustainable agriculture practices.

By purchasing products that are certified by organizations such as the Rainforest Alliance and Bird Friendly, you are helping in the conservation of forests and habitats around the world.

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