Skip all navigation and go to page contentSkip top navigation and go to directorate navigationSkip top navigation and go to page navigation
National Science Foundation
Special Report
Text-only
design element
The Secret Lives of Wild
Animals — Home
Introduction
Deer
Ocelot & Agouti
Dragonfly
Zebra
Tracking Technology
Movie
Quick Facts
Location
Researchers & Support
Seal
Related Resources
 


The Secret Lives of Wild Animals — Text-only | Flash Special Report
Zebra

Quick Facts
PLAINS ZEBRA
(Equus burchelli)

SIZE
Plains zebras are 47-55 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh about 650 pounds.

HABITAT and RANGE
Plains zebras are abundant in the grassy plains of eastern and southern Africa.

DIET
They feed mainly on a variety of grasses and occasionally on leaves and twigs.

CHARACTERISTICS
Plains zebras are very social animals. They live in family groups with one dominant male, several females and their recent offspring. Several groups often come together to form a herd, which may associate with other species, including wildebeests.

A zebra’s stripe pattern is unique and can be used for identification throughout its life.

Images:
Researchers are using newly developed global positioning system (GPS) tracking collars and video surveillance to learn more about the environmental needs and habits of Plains Zebras in Africa.
Credit:
Nicolle Rager Fuller,
National Science Foundation