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Grant’s zebra

Equus quagga boehmi

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. Zebras can measure 1.5 metres at the shoulder and weigh around 385 kilograms. They are the smallest species of zebra.

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

IUCN Status

The IUCN status of the Grant’s zebra is near threatened.

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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.


Savannah and grasslands


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.


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