At the Detroit Zoo
The Detroit Zoo’s herd of Grevy’s zebras includes female Zoe and males Z.Z., Jimmy and Enzi. Zoe, born here in 2002, avoids the rough and tough Z.Z. who enjoys chasing her. He arrived at the Detroit Zoo in 2003. Jimmy was born in 2011 and is described as rowdy and rambunctious. The newest member of the herd is Enzi, born on New Year’s Day 2015. 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.
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.
In 1882, the Emperor of what is now Ethiopia thought the zebra was so regal that he presented one as a gift to the President of France, Jules Grévy, which is how the species earned its name.