Plains zebra Equus quagga
Size1.3m to withers
Africa (from south Sudan to South Africa)
Plains zebras have thicker, more widely spaced stripes on their coats than Grevy’s zebras. They also have stripes under their belly, unlike other zebra species.
Females give birth to one young after a year-long pregnancy. The young are breastfed for about 6 months but start to graze at about one month of age. Plains zebras form small groups of several females and one stallion. These harems come together to form large herds during the migration season.
Zebras feed for around 20 hours a day. They also need to drink every day, so they stay close to water sources during the dry season. In the rainy season they migrate towards pasturelands.
These are the only wild Equidae not to be endangered. The species is quite widespread and fairly common, despite certain sub-populations and sub-species being affected, to different degrees, by habitat loss, hunting and competition with livestock for access to pasturelands and water. Despite these pressures Plains zebras are highly resistant, and in areas where they are protected, numbers can recover quickly after a drop in population.
Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)
- Not evaluatedNE
- Data deficientDD
- Least concernLC
- Near threatenedNT
- Critically endangeredCR
- Extinct in the wildEW