Zebras, white with black stripes or black with white stripes?

Zebras are mammals that live in the grasslands of Africa. They are herbivores and have an average lifespan of 20 years and can weigh up to 770 lbs. There are three different kinds of  zebras: plains, mountain, and grévy’s zebras. Zebras are members of the horse family and can run speeds of up to 35 miles per hour.


Gestation [this means how long females are pregnant]: 12-13 months.

Litter size: 1 foal.

Zebra foals are born with brown and white stripes as opposed to black and white stripes. Mares generally keep all other zebras away for 2-3 days until her foal recognizes her by sight, voice and smell.


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Perissodactyla

Family: Equidae

Genus: Equus

Scientific Name: Equus zebra, Equus quagga, Equus grevyi

Common Name: Zebra

Other Name(s): Mountain Zebra, Plains Zebra,Grevys Zebra

Group: Mammal



The Grevy’s zebra can run up to 40 mph, live up to 20 years and they are now confined to the Horn of Africa, primarily Southern Ethiopia and Northern Kenya.


The population of Grevy’s zebras has declined 50% In the last two decades according to African Wildlife Foundation, so much so that there are only around 2000 left in the world.  They are classified as an endangered species.

The Plains Zebra occupies grassland and savanna woodland, from sea-level to elevations of up to 4,300 metres on Mount Kenya. A highly adaptable, the plains zebra is capable of surviving in areas with coarse vegetation with little nutritional value, but needs like most animals needs to have access to water for daily drinking.

Plains zebras are classified as a near threatened, not as bad as endangered but still bad.  

The Mountain zebra can be distinguished from other zebra species by the presence of a dewlap, or fold of skin on the throat. As the common name implies, this species is generally found on slopes and plateaus in mountainous areas.  


The population of  mountain zebras have suffered massive declines over the past century as a result of excessive hunting for its skin and loss of habitat to agriculture. Some populations now appear to be stabilising, as a result of concerted conservation efforts at the international, national and local level.