Grevy's zebra in exhibit

Grevy’s Zebra

Scientific Name

Equus grevyi

Class

Mammalia

Order

Perissodactyla

Range

Ethiopia and Kenya

Habitat

Dry or mostly dry shrublands

Estimated Wild Population

2,700
Grevy's zebra in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Endangered IUCN Conservation Status: Endangered

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Physical Description

Like all zebras, Grevy's zebras are covered in alternating black and white stripes. They are the largest zebra species, with adults standing up to five feet tall at the shoulder and weighing up to 900 pounds. Their belly and rear are white, and their mane stands erect from head to shoulders. Grasses make up most of their diet. Grevy's zebras don't live in permanent herds, instead gathering in temporary and fluid groups. Females breed year-round and give birth to single calves.

Interesting Fact 1

Grevy's zebras have adapted to their dry environment by requiring less water than other zebra species.

Interesting Fact 2

Zebra 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.

Interesting Fact 3

Calves can stand within minutes of birth and can run short distances within an hour.

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