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Zebra use their stripes to confuse predators by huddling together – it’s hard to tell where one animals ends and the next begins

Quick Facts

Weight: 200-300kgs

Size: height 110-145cms, length 2-2.5m

Number of offspring: 1 foal

Gestation: 11.5 months

Maturity: 3-4yrs

Lifespan: 20-25yrs

Predators: African painted dog, lions, spotted hyena

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Plains zebra

Equus burchellii

Habitat

Highly adaptable species living in areas with course vegetation possessing little nutritional value, however needs daily access to water. Living on grasslands and savanna woodlands, both tropical and temperate

Natural behavior

Full Migrant; migrating annually across Namibia and Botswana in search of better grazing pastures, forming Africa’s longest land migration of over 400kms. Zebra can reach speeds of 65kph and strong kicks and bite when threatened

Description

Mid-sized and thick bodied, boldly striped black and white with a black or dark muzzle. All Zebras have individual markings with no two alike. Their necks are maned with short hair and their tail ends in a longhaired tuft

Distribution

Southern Sudan and southern Ethiopia, east of the Nile River to southern Angola and northern Namibia and northern South Africa

Diet

Herbivore; Feeding selectively on particular grass species

Reproduction

Breeding occurs throughout the year although peak births occur during the wet season. The herd stallion has sole breeding access to the females

Social structure

Highly social species, living in complex social systems. Harems comprise a single stallion to several unrelated mares and their recent offspring. Bachelor groups also exist. Groups come together to form migrating herds of 10,000 or more for safety against predators.

Threats

Habitat destruction although as a whole this species is widespread and common - not facing any major threats at present