Plains Zebra
July 16, 2016
Vulturine Guineafowl
March 26, 2016
Scientific name:
Equus grevyi
Identification:
Largest Zebra with narrow black striping on white background, no shadow stripes; underparts whites. Broad dark stripe running alone spine, bordered with white on rump. Long mule-like ears and long erect mane that runs from top of head to back of shoulders.
Habitat:
Occupies semi desert plains and dry, open woodland savanna on flats as well as in broken hill country.
Behaviour:
Arid nature of their favoured habitats requires that they occupy vast home ranges. Breeding stallions establish small core territories which they mark with during piles, close to a water source that is defended vigorously against other stallions. Herd of mares and young pass freely though these territories. During Dry season herds of mixed gender and mixed age commonly sighted. More dryland adapted than plains Zebra, but must drink every 2 - 5 days.
Food:
Mainly grass eaters but up to 30% of food made up of bush and tree leaves, especially during dry season.
Reproduction:
Most foals born at on set of rainy season although births have been recorde in all months. Gestation period is about 390 days and a single foal is dropped.
Longevity:
22 years in captivity