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Of the three species of zebra, Grevy’s zebras are the least social. They may form temporary groups of 20 to 50 animals when migrating or during extreme environmental conditions, but adults don’t keep in touch with others in the herd. Lone stallions sometimes also keep territories (the largest of any known herbivore) for the purpose of mating.
The Grevy’s zebra is an herbivore, eating fibrous grasses and leaves.
Calves are born with brown and black stripes and have a mane that goes all the way down the spine to the tail. After four months, they resemble the adults, but remain with their mothers for about three years. Grevy’s zebras live about 20 years in zoos.
Some of My Neighbors
Lions, Hyenas, African wild dogs, Coke’s hartebeest, Leopards, Black rhinoceros, African elephants, Impala
Population Status & Threats
The Grevy’s zebra is classified as endangered, which means that it faces a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future. The greatest threats to the Grevy’s zebra are habitat loss and competition with livestock over water resources. As a result, the population has been reduced by at least 50 percent in the past few decades, and is expected to decrease again by half in the future.
WCS Conservation Efforts in Zebra Range
WCS scientists have been working to protect Kenya’s abundant wildlife populations since 1957. WCS actively supported the creation of Amboseli National Park, the country’s most visited park, and currently works in the country’s northern Laikipia and Samburu districts. Projects such as the Samburu-Laikipia Wild Dog Project and the Laikipia Predator Project help support the habitat for African wild dogs, lions, hyenas, Grevy’s zebra, and many other species.
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