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 they have such distinctive coats! It may be to dazzle their predators so that a single animal is hard to pick off and camouflaged by the herd. Or it may be to dissuade insects from landing on them. As each Zebra's pattern is unique, it could also be 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, feed mostly on grass. They 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 have the same stripes.  

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?

Zebras are found on the plains of southern Africa.

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