At the Detroit Zoo
The Detroit Zoo's herd of zebras includes females Zoe and Elvira and males Z.Z. and Jimmy. Elvira, a resident since 1993, is the leader of the females with her confident, relaxed attitude. Zoe, born here in 2002, is skittish and finds comfort in Elvira's shadow. The females avoid the rough and tough Z.Z. who enjoys chasing them. He arrived at the Detroit Zoo in 2003. The newest member of the herd is Jimmy, born in 2011 to Elvira and Z.Z. As the youngest, he is full of energy and described as rowdy and rambunctious. He can sometimes be seen hanging out in the summer months with his most unlikely friend, Tubby the tortoise. The zebras reside 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
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: 11-16 years
Conservation Status: Endangered