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Plains Zebra

Plains Zebra

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Scientific Name:

Equus quagga


Zambia, D.R. of Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia


Herbivore. Grasses and leaves.


Habitat: Savannah

Dimensions: 246cm, height 140cm

Weight: 175-320kg

Gestation: 12 months, 1 young

Lifespan: 15-25

Social structure: large herds, bachelor groups, harem groups

Estimated population in the wild: 150,000-250,000

IUCN Status: Near Threatened

Threats: Civil wars, hunting, habitat destruction.

Did you know that:

  1. Each zebra has a unique stripe pattern, like human fingerprints.
  2. Foals are born with brown stripes instead of black for camouflage.
  3. They can reach speeds of up to 65 km/hour.

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