Grants Zebra

Tim and Tristan are the gorgeous zebra that call Dartmoor Zoo home. They are very young still and actually really friendly for Zebra, which are know for being aggressive.

They came to us in May 2016 from Allwetter Zoo in Germany and have settled in really well. Below is a video of their first day out in the Paddock after spending a couple of weeks acclimatising to their new stables.

Although out of all the Zebra subspecies, 6 in total, the Grants Zebra are the least threatened, classified as Least Concern by the IUCN, their population has recently experienced massive decline. This is mainly due to civil wars in their native countries such as Congo and Rwanda. Sadly they are now extinct in Burundi, and possibly in Angola also. 

They eat coarse grasses that grow on the African plains and are resistant to the diseases that often kill cattle so they are ideally suited and adapted to their environment. The Grants Zebra is the smallest of the Zebra subspecies, the largest is the Grevy's Zebra. Each subspecies has a different general pattern of stripes but every single zebra has a unique stripe pattern, just like how no two human fingerprints are the same. The stripes are very clever and actually work like camouflage so that predators can't tell how many of them there are in the group. Also, contrary to what many believe, their skin isn't stripy also like a tiger, it is all black under the stripes!

In the wild, zebra tend to live in family groups led by a stallion and can live for up to 25 years in the wild. This family group is know as a harem and in addition to the stallion there will be a number of females and their offspring. Zebras can make a very peculiar noise, a bit like a donkey bray, so listen out when you visit.