Seneca Park Zoo is the future home to plains zebra. Their habitat will be north of the current elephant barn in the new 4.5 acre expansion of the Zoo, opening summer 2018.
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Near Threatened due to hunting for their skins/fur, especially when they are located out of protected areas. Fencing around agriculture and protected areas block zebra migration corridors, affecting their ability to obtain crucial resources and escape predators.
Plains zebra live in savannas, steppes, and woodlands in southern Ethiopia to northern South Africa, throughout most of the eastern side of the Nile River.
Zebras mainly feed on grass, but sometimes eat shrubs, twigs, bark and leaves.
Each zebra has a unique stripe pattern, helping them to identify each other.
Zebra stripes are thought to create motion camouflage, a method of confusing predators. When a herd of zebras move in multiple directions, their stripes add to the confusion by creating optical illusions.
The quagga, an extinct subspecies of the plains zebra, only had stripes on its neck and head. The body was plain and resembled that of a horse.