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Panorama of a Safari Park field exhibit with giraffes, water buffalo, and rhinos

Zebra

White rhino with calf

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Zebra

Zebras are Africa’s striped horses. Grevy’s zebras are the largest of the three zebra subspecies. They live in semi-arid grasslands in eastern Africa.

Why the stripes? They serve as a kind of protection from predators! When zebras are together, their stripes make it hard for a lion or leopard to pick out one zebra to chase. Different zebra species have different types of stripes, and each zebra has its unique stripe pattern. Grevy’s zebras have narrow stripes and one wide, black stripe running down the length of their back. Zebras are attracted to black-and-white stripes. If stripes are painted on a wall, a zebra will stand next to it!

Anthrax outbreaks have ravaged Grevy’s zebra populations. We are members of the Grevy’s Zebra Trust, and our researchers are working to help preserve these black-and-white equids.

See these striped beauties during an Africa Tram tour or Cart Safari.

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