(Equus burchellii chapmanni )
Height: up to 1.4m
Weight: up to 340kg
Up to 30 years in captivity.
HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Open savannah and grasslands in East Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
WHAT THEY EAT
Zebras are primarily grazers of grasses and sedges but may also eat bark, leaves, buds, fruits and roots. They must drink water every day so will always be found near water sources.
Zebras form small harems, with a single stallion and up to six females, plus offspring. Males without harems will sometimes form large bachelor groups.
- The stripe pattern on each zebra is a unique ‘fingerprint’ so no two zebras have the same striping pattern.
- Male zebras can be very vicious and have been known to kill a hyena with a single kick. If they chance upon unprotected cheetah or lion cubs, they will stomp and bite them to death.
- There are 3 species of zebra, the Plains Zebra (of which Chapman’s Zebra is one), the Mountain Zebra and Grevy’s Zebra.
- Sometimes family groups of zebras will team up with other zebras and even other species to protect themselves from predators.
- No one really knows why a zebra has stripes; scientists have shown that it isn’t for camouflage or to make it difficult for predators to single out individual animals. So the reason remains a mystery!
- Zebras can breed with donkeys to produce a zebdonk!