Scientific Name: equus grevyi
Habitat: semi-desert plains and savanna of Kenya & Ethiopia
Diet: grasses, bark, fruit, and leaves
Life Span: 18 years (30 years in captivity)
Young: 1 foal every other year
Size: 350 – 450 kg
The Grevy’s Zebra, named for Jules Grevy, is found in the semi-arid grasslands of Kenya and Ethiopia, Africa.
The Grevy’s zebra is the largest of all wild equines. Grevy’s Zebras differ from the other two species of zebras in that it has a more mule-like appearance, its ears are larger and rounded, and its stripes are narrower and more close-set. As with all zebra species, the Grevy’s Zebra’s has a black and white striped pattern. The belly and the area around the base of the tail lack stripes, a feature that is unique to the Grevy’s zebra. Foals are born with brown and white stripes. The brown stripes darken as they mature. Like snowflakes, no two zebras have the same stripes.
Male zebras are solitary animals and occupy the largest territory of any herbivore. Grevy’s zebras do not form lasting bonds like other zebras or horses. Herds of Grevy’s Zebras are composed of female zebras and their young.
The Grevy’s zebra is considered to be Endangered as their numbers in the wild are estimated at less than 2,500. The Edmonton Valley Zoo is committed to the conservation and protection of these zebras, and are members of the Species Survival Plan.
To learn more about this magnificent animal, visit Animal Diversity Web or visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo.