Zoo Animals

Zebra

Grevy’s zebra

Equus grevyi

At the Detroit Zoo
Female Grevy’s zebra Zoe, born in 2002, and male Enzi, born in 2015, can be found roaming their African grasslands habitat with two wildebeets. Male Jimmy, born in 2011, resides in the African watering hole along with two elands.

Description

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.

Fun Facts

  • 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.