Conservation Status

Grevy's & Mountain Zebras are endangered.



--A zebra spends many hours per day chewing on grass. All of this chewing wears down the teeth, so their teeth keep growing all of their lives!

--A zebra's stripes act as a camouflage, making it difficult for a predator to pick only one zebra out of the herd. Zebra stripes are also unique to individuals and even to species. The further south in Africa you travel, the farther apart a zebra's stripes become.

Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Equidae
Genus: Equus
Species: grevyi (Grevy's) | zebra (mountain) | quagga (plains)


Weight: 550 - 900 pounds
Height: 4 - 5 feet at the shoulder
Life Span: 25 years
Gestation: 12 to 14 months
# of young: 1
Range: Eastern and southern Africa
Diet: Herbivore, eats mainly grasses

Energy & Conservation

Zebras are good at grazing! In fact, they prefer to eat the tough tips of grass that other grazers don't like or aren't able to digest. The biggest threat to the Grevy's zebra is the introduction of livestock that compete for grazing land and hunting for the zebra's hides.

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