Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi)
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Describer (Date): Oustalet (1882)
Species: E. grevyi
Body Weight: about 400 kg (882 lb)
Head/Body Length: 2.5-3.0 m (8.2-9.8 ft)
Tail Length: 55 cm (22 in)
Pelage: Narrowly spaced black and white stripes.
|Distribution & Status||Behavior & Ecology|
Range: from southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya
Habitat: arid, wooded and bush-covered grasslands and stony plains
IUCN Status: Endangered
CITES Status: Appendix I (no commercial trade)
Population in Wild: 1,966 to 2,447 individuals
Locomotion: trot, gallop, and walk.
Activity Cycle: Active day and night; spend about 50% of time grazing; prefer to drink in the morning.
Social Groups: No herd system; female with young create sole lasting bonds.
Diet: Eat grasses, typically those low in protein. Consume more browse in times of drought.
Predators: Mainly targeted by lions; also leopards, spotted hyaenas, hunting dogs, and cheetah.
|Reproduction & Development||Species Highlights|
Sexual Maturity: Males mature about 6 years of age while females begin to reproduce at 3-4 years.
Gestation: 390 days; the longest period of any horse species.
Litter Size: 1
Birth weight: 40 kg (88 lb)
Age at Weaning: about 7 months
Longevity: 22-30 years in captivity
Feature Facts: Subtle variations in a zebra's stripes allow each individual to be recognized.
San Diego Zoo: A San Diego Zoo conservation project, begun in 2004, helps support Kenyan Samburu pastoralist families who have set aside and protect 128,500 acres of prime Grevy's habitat in their homeland.
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