Grevy’s Zebra

The Grévy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi) is an ungulate (hoofed) mammal in the Equidae family of horses and zebras. It is also known as the Imperial Zebra. 

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 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.

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

It is only found in the semi-arid grasslands of northern Kenya and Ethiopia.

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.

The female is 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, cared for and protected by an adult male.

Grevy's Zebra

Grevy’s Zebra

Grevy's Zebra

Grevy’s Zebra

Grevy’s Zebra
Grevy’s Zebra

Location of photographs: northern Kenya and the Parc Zoologique de Paris in Bois de Vincennes, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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