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Equus burchelli                                                            z


Average size: about 1.4 meters (4.6 feet) high at the shoulder are approximately 2.3 meters (8 feet) long and weigh about 294 kilograms (646 pounds)

Average lifespan: 20 - 25 years

Range/distribution Map

Habitat description: Equus burchelli, also known as, Plains zebras generally live in treeless grasslands and savanna woodlands but can be found in a variety of habitats, both tropical and temperate. However they are generally absent from deserts, dense rainforests and permanent wetlands.  Zebras also live in elevations from sea level to 4,300 m on Mount Kenya. They rely on rainfall for food and water, and go on great migrations to follow the rains. The zebras will migrate up to 700 miles (1,100 km) for food. Other grazers also migrate. Plains zebras are highly water-dependent and are usually found within 25–30 kilometers of a water source

Behavior and Diet: the zebra's diet was estimated to be 92% grass, 5% herbs, and 2% shrubs. Unlike many of the large ungulates of Africa, the plains zebra does not require (but still prefers) short grass to graze. It eats a wide range of different grasses, preferring young, fresh growth where available, and also browses on leaves and shoots from time to time. The plains zebra's major predators are lions and spotted hyenas. Nile crocodiles are also great threats during river crossings. Wild dogs, cheetahs, and leopards also prey on zebras, although the threats they pose are generally minor. Hyenas, dogs, cheetahs, and leopards mostly attack zebra foals.


Current news/event & conservation status: Equus burchellis population remains stable, and the species faces no major threat that would cause range-wide decline.


Fun Fact

There are two main facial expressions made by zebras. One is for greeting and involves the ears are up and directed forward; the other is threatening and involves the ears down.