grant's zebra

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.

Interesting Facts:

¨ 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!