Grevy’s Zebra

Equus grevyi

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Grevy’s zebra is the largest living wild member of the horse family. They have narrow stripes that cover the head, body and legs. A Grevy’s zebra’s belly is white and does not have stripes.

Size

Grevy’s zebras are 4.5 to 5 feet tall at the shoulder. They are eight to ten feet long and weigh between 775 to 1,000 pounds.

Lifespan

Grevy’s zebras can live up to 22 years.

Range

Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

Habitat

Grevy’s zebras live in grasslands and semi-arid scrub.

Food

Grevy’s zebras eat tough grass that many other species are unable to eat.

Behavior

Unlike other zebra species, Grevy’s zebras do not develop lasting bonds with other adults. Some males are solitary and territorial. Unorganized groups of nursing mothers and their foals and bachelor male groups may develop as well. Some individuals may migrate seasonally if environmental conditions require them to do so.

Offspring

Zebras breed throughout the year. In areas where zebras migrate, mating occurs in July through August and October through November. A foal is born following a 390 day gestation. Foals are able to walk and run within one hour of being born and will stay with their mothers for three years.