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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Equidae
Genus: Equus
Subgenus: Hippotigris or Dolichohippus

Zebras are mammals of the family Equidae. Zebras are horses, and live in Africa. They are in the same genus as the common horse, Equus caballus, and donkeys. Zebras are known for having many black and white stripes. There are three main species of zebra, Grevy's Zebra, the Plains Zebra, and the Mountain Zebra. In 2004, new research led to reclassifying zebra subspecies.


  • Genus Equus
    • Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi)
    • Plains Zebra (Equus quagga)
      • Crawshay’s Zebra (Equus quagga crawshaii)
      • Selous' Zebra (Equus quagga borensis)
      • Grant’s Zebra or Boehm's Zebra, (Equus quagga boehmi)
      • Chapman's Zebra (Equus quagga chapmani)
      • Burchell's Zebra (Equus quagga burchellii)
      • Quagga (Equus quagga quagga)
    • Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra)


All zebras have very short fur because they live in hot areas. Their fur has black and white stripes. The main part of the body has mostly vertical stripes, and the legs have horizontal stripes. They also have a dark line down their back. Each of the different zebra species has a different type of stripes. Each zebra has a unique pattern of stripes.


Zebras live in families with one male and lots of females. They can have babies (foals) when they are about five years old and can have one foal every year. Zebras mainly eat grass, but they also eat fruit, leaves and some vegetables. They always live near water. They are endangered, and the number of zebras is dropping.

Zebras live naturally in Africa, south of the Sahara desert.

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