Defenders of Wildlife
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Washington, DC 20036
Grevy’s zebra is the largest living wild member of the horse family. They have
narrow stripes that cover the head, body and legs. A Grevy’s zebra’s belly
is white and does not have stripes.
Grevy’s zebras are 4.5 to 5 feet tall at
the shoulder. They are eight to ten feet long and
weigh between 775 to 1,000 pounds.
Grevy’s zebras can live up to 22 years.
Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
Grevy’s zebras live in grasslands and semi-arid
Grevy’s zebras eat tough grass that many other
species are unable to eat.
Unlike other zebra species, Grevy’s
zebras do not develop lasting bonds with other adults.
Some males are solitary and territorial. Unorganized
groups of nursing mothers and their foals and bachelor
male groups may develop as well. Some individuals may
migrate seasonally if environmental conditions require
them to do so.
Zebras breed throughout the year. In
areas where zebras migrate, mating occurs in July
through August and October through November. A foal is
born following a 390 day gestation. Foals are able to
walk and run within one hour of being born and will
stay with their mothers for three years.
Humans encroachment is an increasing problem
for the zebra. Humans are raising their livestock in
the same habitat that the Grevy’s zebra uses. This
causes competition between the zebra and livestock,
pushing the zebras out of this habitat. Poaching is another threat to this
*CITES, Appendix I, Endangered Species Act.
*Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and
Flora, an international treaty with more than 144 member countries. Appendix I
listed species cannot be traded commercially. Appendix II listed species can be
traded commercially only if it does not harm their survival.