Equus grevyi

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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 scrub.


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 species.


*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.

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