Grant's Zebra

Name

Grant's Zebra

Scientific Name

Equus quagga chapmani

Characteristics

A zebra is possibly the easiest animal to identify because of its black and white stripes, but no one really knows why it has such a distinctive coat. It may be to dazzle their prey so that a single animal is hard to pick off because they are camoflauged by the herd. Or it may be to dissuade insects from landing on them or, as each pattern is unique, to help them to recognise each other.

Certainly, zebras are sociable creatures and will travel in large herds, grazing on grass, protecting each other and even giving each other a wash and a tidy-up! There are four species of zebra: Plains, Cape Mountain, Hartmann’s and Grevy’s. The Grant’s zebra is a sub species of the Plains zebra.

Diet

Zebras are herbivores and, like the rest of the horse family, mostly feed on grass.

Zebras can live without water for several days, getting moisture from the grass that they eat.

Size Fact

Zebras weigh 200-450 KG.

Fast Fact

Zebras can run up to 35-40 miles per hour.

Fun Fact

No two zebras’ stripes are the same.  

IUCN Red list

Our zebras are listed as least concern on the IUCN Red-list. However, some other species of zebra are under threat.

Where do I live?

The plains of southern Africa.

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