Equus quagga boehmi
This north African ungulate is vertically striped in front, horizontally on the back legs, and diagonally on the rump and hind flanks. They live in close-knit groups called families or harems, led by a single male. Zebra are typically around 55-60 inches at the shoulder and can weigh up to 700 pounds.
Zebra are not seasonal and will mate once per year and then give birth to a single foal after 11.5-12 months of gestation. Baby zebra will remain with their mothers for up to a year and are dependant upon the herd for protection; their mothers are very protective of their young. Young will wean at 12-18 months of age.
Zebra males will reach maturity around 5 years of age, whereas females will begin to breed at the age of 3.
They have been known to live over 20 years in captivity.
¨ If they see a predator, the herd will bunch together and all the predator will see is a maze of stripes and it won't be able to tell one zebra from another.
¨ The zebra mane is erect like a donkey.
¨ Each zebra has its own stripe pattern, much like a fingerprint.
¨ Baby zebras can be up to 80 pounds at birth.
¨ Baby zebra will stand within 10 minutes of being born and can run at just 30 minutes old!