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Grevy's Zebra

The Detroit Zoo Grevy's Zebra
The Detroit Zoo's herd of zebras includes female Zoe, born here in 2002, and female Elvira, a resident since 1993. Male Z.Z. arrived in 2003. The two females can usually be found near each other. Elvira is the leader of the two with her confident, relaxed attitude. Zoe, on the other hand, is skittish and finds comfort in Elvira's shadow. Both avoid the rough and tough Z.Z. who enjoys chasing them. The zebras can be seen in their African Grasslands habitat next to the giraffes.

The Grevy's zebra is the largest of the three zebra species. It has large, rounded ears, a white belly and a defined, black stripe down its spine. It is white with fine, black stripes covering its body. It has a long, narrow face with a black muzzle. Its thick, erect mane runs from between its ears to the beginning of its back.


Scientific name: Equus grevyi
Continent: Africa
Habitat: Arid and semi-arid regions of Ethiopia and Kenya
Size: Up to 9 feet long; 5.5 feet tall at the shoulder
Weight: Up to 1,000 pounds
Diet: The Grevy's zebra is a herbivore and mainly feeds on grasses.
Reproduction: Gestation 13 months; single foal
Lifespan: 11-17 years
Conservation Status: Endangered



All zebras are uniquely striped; no two zebras have the same stripe pattern.

The Grevy's zebra is not closely related to the horse but to the wild donkey.

The Grevy's zebra was named in honor of Jules Grevy, who was the President of France's Third Republic and received the first-known specimen as a gift in 1882.