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Grevy's zebra

Scientific Name: Equus grevyi

Habitat: semi-desert plains and savanna

Diet: grasses, bark, fruit and leaves

Life Span: 18 years (30 years in captivity)

Young: 1 young/every other year (foal)

Size: 350-450 kg (159–205 lbs)

The stripes of a zebra are like human fingerprints - each pattern is different. The stripes help to camouflage the zebra and confuse predators. Heat vapours rising from the ground make the stripes appear to move. This effect makes it difficult for the predator to target individual zebras. This effect is increased when the group of zebras are running.

Male zebra are generally solitary and are known to occupy the largest territory of any herbivore, sometimes up to 12 Km2 . They mark their territories around watering and grazing areas with piles of dung, called middens. Zebras ears are very agile and when “wiggled” communicate danger signals to other zebras.  Watch closely to see how their ears move individually. 

The Grevy’s zebra is the largest of three zebra species with a thick rigid mane and large rounded ears. Although related to the horse, Grevy’s zebras are more closely related to donkeys. Grevy’s zebras are unusual because they do not form lasting bonds like plains zebras and horses. Their group composition changes regularly. Herds are usually made up of female zebras and their young.

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Species Survival Plan
The Species Survival Plan (SSP) consists of co-operative, coordinated breeding programs for captive endangered species throughout the world. Species Survival Plans are not a substitute for preserving animals in nature but are a strategy for creating healthy, self-sustaining, captive populations that can be reintroduced into restored or secured habitats.

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Grevy's zebra on Animal Diversity Web



Range: northern Kenya and pockets of southern Ethiopia

Status in the Wild

Status: endangered

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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