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Grevy's Zebra

Grevy's Zebra

Grevy's Zebra Range Map (Africa)
Grevy's Zebra Range Map (Africa)

Latin Name Equus grevyi
Conservation Status Endangered
Location Africa
Colour Black & White
Length 2.5 - 3 m (8.25 - 9.75 ft)
Tail 38 - 60 cm (15 - 23.5 inches)
Weight 350 - 450 kgs (770 - 990 lbs)
Life Expectancy 22 - 30 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics

Grevy's Zebra is the largest species of zebra and the biggest wild equid. They have a body length between 2.5 and 3 m (8.25 - 9.75 ft), a tail length between 38 and 60 cms (15 - 23.5 inches) and they weigh between 350 and 450 kgs (770 - 990 lbs).

They have dense, narrow black and white stripes that are distinct down to their hooves and are unique to each individual. Their belly and the base of the tail are white and they have very large, rounded ears.


Grevy's Zebra can be found on the savannahs and grasslands of northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia.


Grevy's Zebra mainly feed on a variety of grasses but they will also eat bark, shrubs, roots, leaves, buds and fruits.


After a gestation period of 350 - 400 days, Grevy's Zebra give birth to a single foal. Within an hour of being born the foal is able to stand and suckle and within a few weeks it begins to graze.

The youngster is weaned between 8 and 13 months old and they become sexually mature at 3 years of age, although males aren't usually dominant enough to defend a harem until they are at least 6 years old.


Predators of Grevy's Zebras include lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs and african wild dogs.


There are no Subspecies of Grevy's Zebra.

Interesting Facts

Grevy's Zebra are also known as:
Imperial Zebra

Grevy's Zebra is named after Jules Grevy who was a president of France. In the 1880s he was given a zebra by the government of Abyssinia.

Similar Animals

Plains Zebra
Mountain Zebra
African Wild Ass


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