Zebra

Plains zebras are pioneer grazers and are the first to eat at well-vegetated areas.


Zebras are very adaptable grazers. They feed mainly on grasses but will also eat shrubs, herbs, twigs, leaves and bark.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Zebras stripes are just like fingerprints. Each zebra has it own unique pattern. They are generally social animals and can be seen in large herds with other grazers. Zebras are important prey for lions and hyenas, and to a lesser extent for hunting dogs, leopards and cheetahs. When a family group is attacked, the members form a semicircle, face the predator and watch it, ready to bite or strike should the attack continue. If one of the family is injured the rest will often encircle it to protect it from further attack.

Key Facts

Family:
Equidae
Diet:
Grasses and plant vegetation
Life Span:
25 years+ in captivity
Distribution:
Africa
Did you know?
Underneath its hair, a zebra's skin is black!

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