Plains Zebra

Zebra Zebra


Animal Profile

Zebras give birth to one young, called a foal, every 2-3 years.

Scientific Name Equus burchellii boehmi
Class Mammal
Length 7-8 feet (2.1-2.4 m)
Shoulder height 5 feet (1.5 m)
Weight 440 to 660 pounds (200-300 kg)
Life span 12-15 years in the wild, 20+ years in captivity
Gestation 11-13 months
Number of young at birth 1
Size at birth 55 to 88 pounds (25 to 40 kg)
Age of maturity 1-2 years
Conservation status Threatened

Grazing territory
Zebras live in the savannahs and grasslands of eastern Africa.

What do they eat?
Zebras are herbivores, so they eat primarily grasses and leaves. The zoo provides high-nutrient grain, grass and hay to the zebras.

Earning their stripes
The zebra’s fur is dull white with broad, brown to black stripes. This zebra species has broader and fewer stripes than many other zebras. No two zebras have the same exact pattern of stripes.

Protecting each other
Zebras live in herds of a single male and up to six females. They work as a herd to defend their herd from lion, hyena and other predators. Zebras communicate by facial expressions and sounds and have excellent hearing. They can run up to 40 miles per hour when necessary.