Range: Eastern and Southern Africa
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Scientific Name: Equus burchellii boehmi
Zebras inhabit grassy regions in the tropical and temperate zones of Africa. You can tell the mood of our zebras by watching their ears: erect ears indicate calm, ears straining forward denote fear, and ears flattened back indicate anger. Zebras have specialized teeth adapted for grazing. The upper and lower incisors are sharp and chisel-shaped and are used to cut vegetables and grass. The cheek teeth are large and are used to grind up the grass it eats. Zebras live in large herds and are usually led by an old stallion. This makes them more effective at detecting predators. If a predator gets close, they generally outrun their enemies. If they can’t outrun an enemy, they will kick and bite.
We have two male zebras, named Fluffy and Spud. These two are brothers that came from Knoxville Zoo in Knoxville, Tennessee, on August 3, 2017. Fluffy was born on May 31, 2002 at Idaho Falls Zoo at Taulphaus Park in Idaho. Spud was born on April 25, 2006 at Idaho Falls Zoo at Taulphaus Park in Idaho.