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Grant’s zebra

Equus quagga boehmi

Grant’s zebra

The Grant’s zebra is perhaps one of the most striking and recognised African hooftstock. These herd animals are found throughout Africa and live in close groups called families or harems, which are led by a single male (also known as a stallion).

Grant’s zebras have long noses and, like many prey animals, their eyes are on the sides of their head which gives them a wider field of vision. If they see a predator approaching, Grant’s zebras will gather together so that the predator can only see a maze of stripes.

They share their enclosure with Rothschild's giraffe and ostrich, like they would in their savannah home.

Habitat 
Savannah and grasslands

Diet - Herbivore
The Grant’s zebra eats grasses, leaves and twigs.

Size
Zebras can measure 1.5 metres at the shoulder and weigh around 385 kilograms.

Location
Grant’s zebras are found in the grasslands and shrubs of east and southern Africa.

Conservation status
The IUCN does not believe that Grant’s zebras are facing a high risk of extinction at present. They are not listed by CITES.

Threats
Conflict with humans is the biggest threat for Grant’s zebras. Their habitat is slowly being destroyed by the expansion of agriculture.

Current population
Although, the Grant’s zebra population has been reduced due to civil war and poaching, there is still believed to be 50,000 living in the wild.

Zoo population
There are 680 Grant’s zebras living in zoos worldwide. There is currently no EEP.

Key to acronyms

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature

CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species 

EEP - European Endangered Species Programme

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