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Zebra

 

Equus zebra

Mountain zebras have black and white stripes all over their bodies except their stomachs, which are white. They have four one-toed hoofs. Their slender, pointed ears reach up to eight inches in length. Mountain zebras have manes of short hair that stick straight up from their necks. The stripes on their bodies continue to the mane. They also have a tuft of hair at the end of their tails.

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Mountain zebras reach six to eight-and-a-half feet in length. Their tails are an additional one-and-a-half feet long. Mountain zebras weight between 530 and 820 pounds. They are four to five feet tall at the shoulder.  Equus zebra is generally larger than Equus zebra hartmannae.

Population

Equus zebra:  600-700 in the wild.

Equus zebra hartmannae:  8,000-13,000 in the wild.

Lifespan

Members of the genus Equus (horses, donkeys and zebras) can live 25 to 45 years.

Range

Mountain zebras occur in southwestern Africa. Equus zebra inhabits South Africa and Equus zebra hartmannae inhabits Namibia and Angola.

Habitat

The primary habitats of mountain zebras are the slopes and plateaus of mountainous regions. Mountain zebras inhabit elevations of up to 6,500 feet.

Food

Mountain zebras feed on a variety of grasses.

Behavior

Mountain zebras are most active in the early morning and late afternoon. They spend up to half of the daylight hours feeding. Mountain zebras live in herds consisting of one adult male (stallion), one to five adult females (mares) and their young. The stallion is the dominant member of the herd. Sometimes herds come together to form temporary groups of up to 30 members.

Offspring

Foals (young mountain zebras) weight 55 pounds at birth. Mares normally give birth to their first foal when they are between three and six years of. Normally they then give birth to one foal every one to three years until they are 24.
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