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  • English name
    Mountain Zebra
  • ClassificationMountain Zebra
  • Scientific nameEquus zebra

Mountain Zebra
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As its name suggests, the Mountain Zebra lives in higher places than other zebras. Its numbers are decreasing because of hunting for its skin and meat, and also because of droughts.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: 210-260cm
Weight: 240-372kg

(Source: Shinsekai Zetsumetsukiki Doubutsu Zukan* (Library Edition) Gakken) (*Illustrated Encyclopedia of New World Endangered Animals)

Where they live

The Mountain Zebra lives in southwestern Africa and the mountains and highlands of South Africa.

What they eat

Mountain Zebras travel long distances in search of grass to eat.

What they are like

If you look closely, you'll notice that there are actually many different kinds of zebras. You can tell a Mountain Zebra by its wider stripes and the longer hair on the end of its tail. Check yourself in a zoo or field guide.

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Hunted for their skin and meat
The Mountain Zebra lives in higher places than any other zebra. It lives in two different locations in southwestern Africa and South Africa. The biggest threat to Mountain Zebras is hunting by people. These animals have long been hunted for their beautifully patterned skins and meat. The Mountain Zebras that live in South Africa have nearly been wiped out twice in the past.

Affected by war and droughts
Mountain Zebras in southwestern Africa are not only in danger because of hunting. Civil war and big droughts have also caused their numbers to drop. Many of them are now protected in reserves, but there were not that many of these animals that live in steep mountains to start with. There is a danger that they could become extinct all at once if a disaster happens or if they get sick.

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