Grevy's zebra (Equus grevyi)

Grevy\'s Zebra

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Fast facts

Status Endangered

Size Head and body: 250-275cm

Weight 350-450kg

Gestation 13 months

Young 1

Life span 12-18 years in the wild, up to 30 years in captivity

What do I eat?

Grevy’s zebra only eat plants (herbivores), they are grazers and will mostly feed on grasses however they can eat browse (leaves) and shrubs during droughts or if grass is not available.

These animals can eat on the move, even selecting and biting certain bits of grass to eat whilst walking!

Where do I live?

Grevy’s zebra are found in habitats such as dry scrublands, plains and semi-desert grasslands of Ethiopia and Northern Kenya, Africa.

Breeding

Grevy’s zebra are able to breed from 3-4 years old. They don’t have a strict breeding season and can mate throughout the year.

An hour after being born, foals are able to stand, have their first feed from their mother and are even able to run. Grevy’s zebra foals become independent from their mothers at around 6-8 months old; but they can remain close to their mothers for up to 3 years.

Predators

Main predators of zebra in the wild include lions, cheetah, hyena, leopards, and wild hunting dogs.

Grevy’s zebra will use their keen eyesight to lookout for any threats and since they are social animals, with herds ranging from 6-30 individuals, many zebra can look out for danger at the same time. If a threat is spotted then they will give out an alarm call to alert the rest of the herd, and will then run to safety. Their stripe patterns can make it difficult for predators to pick out an individual when they are running together as a herd.

Conservation

Threats to wild Grevy’s zebra include hunting (for meat, hides and traditional medicine), and habitat loss. They have lost a lot of their natural range due to farming and unplanned grazing areas. This has led to the Grevy’s zebra competing with livestock animals for food and water sources. It is estimated that in the last 30 years there has been an 83% decline in the global number of Grevy’s zebra.

Marwell has been actively involved in helping to create a national conservation strategy for Grevy’s zebra and is also linked to the Grevy’s Zebra Technical Committee. This helps guides and put in place conservation actions including surveys, population numbers, behaviour and interactions with other species.

To save the species in captivity, Grevy’s zebra are linked to captive breeding programmes worldwide. Here at Marwell we manage the International Studbook and the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) for Grevy’s zebra.

Did you know?

The Grevy’s zebra is the largest of the horse family (Equids).

Grevy’s zebra can go without water for up to 5 days.

These animals can run up to 40mph

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