Grevy's Zebra

Scientific name

Equus grevyi

Weight

350 to 450 kilograms (770-994 pounds)

Size

125 to 150 centimeters in length (50-60 inches)

Life span

12 to 13 years

Habitat

Grasslands and savannas

Diet

Herbivorous

Gestation

13 months

Predators

Lions, cheetahs, hyenas, hunting dogs, African wild dogs, leopards, humans

Can run up to
40
miles per hour
Population decline of
54%
in the last three decades
Approximately
2,000
mature zebras left
Grevy's Zebra

Challenges

Grevy’s zebras have undergone one of the most substantial reductions of range of any African mammal.

Habitat loss in an already restricted range is a serious threat to the Grevy’s survival. They have to compete for resources with other grazers, as well as cattle and livestock. Due to overgrazing and competition for water, Grevy’s juveniles have a low survival rate. Over the past three generations (30 years) there was a population reduction of 54 percent from an estimated population of 5,800 in the 1980s. The population of Grevy’s today is about 2,800.

Hunting for Grevy’s zebras persists.

In Ethiopia, hunting is the primary cause of the decline of Grevy’s zebras. They are primarily hunted for their striking skins, but will occasionally be killed for food and, in some regions, medicinal uses continue. In addition to illegal hunting, Grevy’s also face threats from disease outbreaks, drought, habitat loss, and fragmented populations.

Solutions

Our solutions to protecting the Grevy’s zebra:

Strategy
Employ technology for conservation.

African Wildlife Foundation worked with Kenya Wildlife Service to fit Grevy’s with collars, in Buffalo Spring National Reserve. The GPS-GSM collars provide scientists with critical information concerning their movement patterns and whereabouts. By gaining an understanding of their patterns, scientists are better able to protect the zebras.

Scouts
Engage wildlife scouts.

AWF works with communities who live in close quarters with wildlife and equips scouts with essential tools, such as GPS monitoring devices and vehicles. As a result, AWF is able to ensure enhanced protection of wildlife in these regions, as well as provide additional employment opportunities to local communities.

Grevy's Zebra
Grevy's Zebra

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