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Chapman’s Zebra

Chapman’s Zebra

DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT

East and South Africa. Savannas, steppes.

BEHAVIOUR

It creates herds consisting of separate family groups: one male, several females and young. During the rainy season, the herds move in search of new green spaces. Strong hooves are used to defend against predators or rivals. In the dry season, in order to gain access to water, it can dig a hole in the ground, 1 m wide and 50 cm deep.

DIET

Grasses, herbaceous plants. It eats only selected species of grass, thus leaving access to food for other savannah herbivores.

REPRODUCTION

Reaches maturity at the age of 3. Gestation: 360 days. The female gives birth to 1 cub, which she feeds with milk for over 12 months.
Life expectancy: approx. 20 years in the wild, over 30 years in the zoo.

GOOD TO KNOW

Chapman’s zebra is one of the subspecies of the Plains zebra. It is distinguished by gray or rusty streaks between the stripes on the torso.
Punda Milia in Swahili means zebra.

  • Latin name: Equus quagga chapmanni
  • IUCN –Red List – DD – data deficient

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