Grevy’s Zebra

The Grévy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi) is also known as the Imperial Zebra. It is only found in the semi-arid grasslands of northern Kenya and Ethiopia.

The Grévy’s Zebra is black and white striped, like the Common Zebra with stripes all the way to its hooves, but it is taller and the stripes are narrower. It does not have stripes on its belly – its belly is white.

It is the largest of the wild equines. It can grow to 2.5 metres (8.2 feet) tall.

It looks more like an ass or a mule, rather than a horse. It has a large head, with large ears. Its nose is pale grey to brown, and its lips have whiskers. Its mane is tall and stands up.

Grevy's Zebra

Grevy’s Zebra

It is a browser, feeding on grasses and plants. Because it is large and is solitary, its main predator is the lion. It is generally solitary and will join herds of Common Zebra or other animals, such as wildebeests.

Females are pregnant for about 390 days before giving birth to a single live young, called a foal. If the mother is looking for food, she will keep her young with other young in a group, which is cared for and protected by an adult male.

Grevy's Zebra

Grevy’s Zebra

Grevy's Zebra

Grevy’s Zebra

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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