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Equus grevyi

Kenya and Ethipoia.

The Grevy's zebra, sometimes known as the imperial zebra, is the largest species of wild equine in the world.  The stripes are narrow and close-set, being broader on the neck, and they extend to the hooves. The belly and the area around the base of the tail lack stripes. With all of the stripes closer together and thinner than most of the other zebras, it is easier to make a good escape and to hide from predators. The ears are very large, rounded, and conical. The head is large, long, and narrow, particularly mule-like in appearance.

The Grevy’s zebra has a social system characterized by small groups of adults associated for short time periods of a few months. Adult males spend their time mostly alone in small territories.  The territories are marked by dung piles and females within the territory mate solely with the resident male. Small bachelor herds are known. This social structure is well-adapted for the dry and arid scrubland and plains that Grevy's zebra primarily inhabits.  Like all zebras and asses, males fight amongst themselves over territory and females. The species is vocal during fights, braying loudly.

Habitat: Arid Grasslands.
Diet: Grasses, fruit, shrubs and bark.
Status: Endangered (IUCN).
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Weight: 770-990 lbs.
Length: 8-10 feet

Lifespan: 10-25 years.
Reproduction & Offspring: Gestation is approximately 390 days. Females usually only have one foal at a time. Newborns are brown and black in color, with the adult stripe pattern developing after four months of age.


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