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Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi) Fact Sheet: Managed Care

Managed Care

Does well in managed care

  • Historical notes
    • In 1904 a Grevy's Zebra from Abyssinia given to President Teddy Roosevelt; lived at the National Zoo until 1919
    • Hybridization
      • Many crosses of zebras and other (non-zebra) horses in managed care
        • Zebroid (generic name for cross between any zebra species and a horse or ass)
        • Zedonk (offspring of a cross between a male zebra and a female donkey)
        • Zony (offspring of a cross between a male zebra and a female pony)
        • Zorse (offspring of a cross between a male zebra and a female horse)
      • Hybrids are normally infertile but some exceptions have been reported

Conservation efforts at zoological institutions

  • North American Grevy's Zebra Species Survival Plan (SSP) (from Bell 2001; Simerson et al 2005)
    • 34 participating institutions
    • St. Louis Zoo, Missouri coordinates this plan
      • Conservation efforts within the U.S. and Kenya
      • San Diego Zoo among those North American Zoos participating
      • Lewa Wildlife Conservancy involved with efforts
    • Management plan begun in mid-1980's

Managed Care Populations

North America

  • 184 individuals, as of 31 December 2012 (from Fischer 2013)
    • 70 males, 114 females
    • Housed across 43 institutions

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZG) (from ZIMS 2015)

  • San Diego Zoo
    • 3 males, as of 27 May 2015
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    • 10 individuals, as of 27 May 2015
      • 3 males, 7 females

Grevy's Zebra at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Grevy Zebra at  Safari Park

Image credit: © San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. All rights reserved.

Page Citations

American Zoo and Aquariums (2000)
Bell (2001)
Churcher (1993)
Fischer (2013)
ZIMS (2015)

SDZWA Library Links