Life Span: 25 years in the wild
Size: Shoulder height - 110-150cm
Weight: 200-400kg (males are larger than the females)
Speed: Approximately 55-60km/hr
Collective Noun: Herd (dazzle)
There are three species of zebra. These are the Plains Zebra, Grevy’s Zebra and Mountain Zebra. Taronga has focused its breeding program on the Plains Zebra and our shared collection between Sydney and Dubbo has led to a large number of births added to the global breeding plan for this species.
Stripes for recognition and camouflage: Each zebra has a unique pattern of stripes, as individual as a human’s fingerprint. It is thought that this allows zebras to recognise individuals within their herd, and could be particularly useful for a mare recognising her calf, and vice versa. These stripes also assist the zebra in protection against predators. While running as a herd, the stripes may help blur the shape of an individual zebra and so make it difficult to be singled out and separated by a chasing predator.