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Plains Zebra

EQUUS BURCHELLII BOEHMI

Quick Facts

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

About

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.


More babies!

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


Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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