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Now found only in Kenya and Ethiopia the endangered Grevy’s Zebra is the largest species of Zebra in the world.

While they may look similar to other Zebra species you can tell Grevy’s by their narrower stripes, larger ears, and completely white bellys.

There are differences in behaviour to other zebras with Grevy’s not forming permanent herds and males marking their breeding territory with large dung piles.

Two-thirds of a day is spent eating to gain enough energy from the tough grasses that other animals are not able to eat.

  • No two Zebras are alike. Their patterns are as individual as human fingerprints.
  • Zebras are actually black with white stripes.
  • Grevy’s Zebras can go without drinking water for up to 5 days.
  • With a nose for water Grevy’s Zebras can smell water well below the surface of a dry creek bed.
  • Grevy’s Zebras are basically born running as they can walk within half an hour of birth and run within 45 minutes.
  • Eyes placed on the side of their heads gives Zebras the ability to graze whilst keeping an eye out for danger.
  • To successfully breed, male Grevy's Zebras need to find and defend a patch near a waterhole. That’s what the girls want!

Animals don't always share very well and the remaining Grevy's Zebras have to compete more and more with live stock for essential resources including food and water.

What this means is that what little food and water is available is eaten and drunk by more mouths.

While Grevy's Zebras can go for days without food, a young foal cannot and having to travel longer distances to get water is increasing the deaths of foals.

About 30 years ago there were estimated to be 15,000 Grevy’s Zebras, now approximately 2,000 remain.

At our Zoos...

  • Rafiki - Melbourne Zoo
  • Jona - Melbourne Zoo
  • Zuri - Melbourne Zoo
  • Chozi - Melbourne Zoo
  • 20 Plain's Zebras - Werribee Open Range Zoo

In the Wild...

  • Northern Kenya
  • Ethiopia