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Grevy's Zebra Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Equus grevyi
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    The Grevy's zebra is native to eastern Africa, where it ranges from Ethiopia to Kenya.

  • Status

    The Grevy's zebra is endangered in the wild due to hunting and habitat loss. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Grevy's Zebra Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by institutions throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    Open grasslands and desert make up the species' habitat. The Grevy's zebra has adapted to dry circumstances, requiring less water than other zebra species.

  • Niche

    Grasses make up the majority of this herbivore's diet, although it will also feed on fruits and bark.

  • Life History

    Grevy's zebras don't live in permanent herds. Instead, they gather in temporary, fluid groups on the savanna. Females can breed year-round and give birth to single calves after a gestation period lasting more than a year. Calves can stand within minutes of birth and run short distances within an hour, a useful adaptation for keeping up with their mothers on the plains.

  • Special Adaptations

    The Grevy's zebra's stripes act as a kind of camouflage, making it difficult for predators to spot them within the grasses and twigs that make up their habitat.


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