Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Grévy's Zebra

This shot of a Grévy's zebra (Equus grevyi) was taken at Marwell Zoo in March 2014.

Émile Oustalet first described the Grévy's zebra in 1882. He named it after Jules Grévy, who was the president of France at the time and had been given one by the government of Abyssinia.

The Grévy's zebra is found in Kenya and Ethiopia. It is one of three species of zebra, the other two being the plains zebra (Equus quagga) and the mountain zebra (Equus zebra). It has narrower stripes, is taller and has larger ears than the other two species. It feeds on grasses, legumes and browse. Grévy's zebras are hunted for food by lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs.

The Grévy's zebra is currently listed as "endangered". It is estimated that less than 2,500 Grévy's zebras are currently left in the wild, down from 15,000 in the 1970s. Grévy's zebras were hunted for their skins in the past, but they are now legally protected in Ethiopia, and protected by a hunting ban in Kenya. The main threat to the Grévy's zebra now is from habitat loss and competition with livestock. The population trend has been considered stable since 2008.

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