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Mountain Zebra

Mountain Zebra
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Equus zebra

The Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra) is one of the three extant species of zebra. There are two subspecies:

Hartmann's Mountain Zebra is native to South West Africa and is found in dry, stony, mountain and hill habitats. Its diet is tufted grass, bark, leaves, fruit and roots.

Hartmann's Mountain Zebras prefer to live in small groups of 7-12 individuals. They are agile climbers, able to live in arid conditions in steep mountainous country.

Zebras' dazzling stripes may be a signalling system for the herd and may also be useful in confusing a predator.

Some populations are protected in national parks. There is a European zoo's Endangered Species Programme for this zebra as well as co-operative management of zoo populations worlwide.

Hartmann's Mountain Zebra
at an English zoo.