Animal Facts

  • Genus:

    Equus
  • Species:

    Equus quagga
  • Conservation
    Status:

    Least Concern
  • Found In:

    Africa
  • Length:

    2-2.5m
  • Height:

    1-1.4m
  • Weight:

    175-385kg

Meet our dazzling zebras!

Monarto Zoo houses three separate Plains Zebra herds, two of which can be seen by visitors.

A herd of five zebras housed next to the Black Rhinos contains adult females, their offspring and a dominant male. Strom, our dominant male, was born at Werribee Zoo in Victoria in early 2012, arriving at Monarto in June 2013. The zoo’s youngest herd member, Dafina (treasure) was born in October 2012. With the addition of a new breeding male the zoo has high hopes for the pitter-patter of additional foal hooves in the not too distant future!

A bachelor group of four male zebras live in the African Plains drive-through habitat, where they can be seen from the safari bus or viewing platform. One of the zebras in this group is Zambesi ncane, one of the last zebra to be housed at Adelaide Zoo, where he spent six years as a successful breeding male until being returned to Monarto in 2008. Since returning to Monarto he sired another three foals before joining our bachelor group.

The Plains Zebra is the most common and geographically widespread of the three zebra species. It roams the savannahs of eastern and southern Africa.

Plains Zebra herds are nomadic and generally live in breeding groups with a single male and his ‘harem’ of up to six females or in all male bachelor groups. During periods of migration, these groups can come together to form larger herds, although they will generally stay in their own group.

Zebras have several predators in the wild and when threatened their unique coat patterns, when moving together in a group, can make it difficult for a predator to pick out an individual, giving the zebra a greater chance of survival.

There are approximately 700,000 wild Plains Zebras living on the African savannah plains. They’re currently not threatened, although numbers are decreasing due to hunting for their meat and skins.

 

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