Plains Zebra

(Equus quagga)

Mammal | Africa

Two plains zebra

Animal Info

Seneca Park Zoo is home to two female plains zebra. They share their habitat, located in the Animals of the Savanna area, with the Masai giraffes.

Status in the Wild

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.

Habitat

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.

Diet

Zebras mainly feed on grass, but sometimes eat shrubs, twigs, bark and leaves.

Did you know?

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.

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