Grant’s Zebra

(Equus burchellii boehmi)

Grant’s zebras live in small herds in the East African steppe. They are characterised by relatively short legs and wide, horse-like hooves. They also have the thickest stripes compared to other zebra species such as the Grévy’s zebra or the mountain zebra.

CHARACTERISTICS

Range
East Africa

Habitat
Steppes and heights of up to 450 m

Diet
Zebras eat nothing but grass.

Population
Not endangered. There are an estimated 750,000 animals.

Size
Shoulder height of up to 1.45 m

Weight
Up to 380 kg for males

Gestation period
12 months

Life expectancy
Up to 40 years under human care

Tit for tat
Keeping each other clean is important to all zebra species. They nibble on each others necks, manes and backs. This behaviour is generally known as ‘grooming’.

Skilled illusionists
In the herd, the zebra’s stripes distract from the individual animals. Their contours dissolve, so that lions and hyenas have trouble precisely targeting their prey.

Did you know...
Grant’s zebras are the smallest, most well known and most common zebra subspecies. Their stripe patterns are as individual as a human fingerprint. The foals can recognise their mother by her stripes – but only after 3 to 4 days.