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Mountain Zebra

Hartmann's Mountain Zebra
Hartmann's Mountain Zebra
Photographer: Moongateclimber

A Harem of Cape Mountain Zebras
A Harem of Cape Mountain Zebras
Photographer: Mountjoy

Mountain Zebra Range Map (Africa)
Mountain Zebra Range Map (Africa)
Latin Name Equus zebra
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location Africa
Colour Black or Dark Brown & White
Length 2.1 - 2.6 m (6.9 - 8.5 ft)
Tail 40 - 55 cm (15.7 - 21.6 inches)
Weight 240 - 372 kgs (529 - 820 lbs)
Life Expectancy Up to 30 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics

Mountain Zebra have a body length between 2.1 and 2.6 m (6.9 - 8.5 ft), a tail length between 40 and 55 cms (15.7 - 21.6 inches) and they weigh between 240 and 372 kgs (529 - 820 lbs).

They have a distinctive black or dark brown and white striped pattern that is unique to each individual. The pattern continues through their short mane that stands upright and their belly is white. They are the only species of zebra to have a dewlap that hangs from their throat.

Mountain Zebras are good climbers and they have very hard, pointed hooves compared to other equids.


Mountain Zebras can be found on the slopes and plateaus of the mountainous areas of South Africa and Namibia. During the winter months they inhabit lower elevations but during the summer they can be found at altitudes up to 2,000 m (6,562 ft).


Mountain Zebras feed on a variety of grasses, plants and browse.


After a gestation period of 365 days, Mountain Zebras give birth to a single foal. The youngster is weaned at 10 months old and they become sexually mature at 3 - 6 years of age.


Predators of Mountain Zebras include lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs and african wild dogs.


Subspecies of the Mountain Zebra are:

Hartmann's Mountain Zebra
(Equus zebra hartmannae)

Cape Mountain Zebra
(Equus zebra zebra)

Interesting Facts

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Grevy's Zebra
Plains Zebra
African Wild Ass


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