Jul 15, 2012

Grevy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi)



Did you know?

That the Grevy’s Zebra is the largest of the three species of zebras? It has loose form territorial groups, compared with strict harem groups of the other zebras. The Grevy’s Zebra lives in dry grasslands and even semi-deserts. These species are in danger with less than 3,000 surviving animals, because it was excessively hunted in the past for its fur.

The Equus grevyi is the largest of the three species of zebra, with a body weight of 450 kg. The black and white stripes are narrower than the other two species of zebra: the plains zebra and mountain zebra. The social structure of territories are defended by males without stable relationship between individual animals. They differ from the structure of the harem with typical household of the other zebras.

After a gestation period of 13 to 14 months, a single foal is born, weighing about 40 kg. The foals are weaned after 8 to 12 months and reach sexual maturity at about age 2. The longevity is greater than 20 years. The oldest animal in the zoo world died at the age of 30 years.



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