Q:

How long do zebras live?

A:

Quick Answer

A zebra in the wild lives for about 25 to 30 years, while a zebra at a zoo can live for up to 40 years. Wild zebras must contend with predators such as humans, lions and hyenas. They also do not get services such as medical treatment that zoos provide.

  Know More
How long do zebras live?
Credit: Pius Mahibi CC-BY-SA 2.0

Full Answer

Human behavior, such as hunting, has led to decreased numbers of zebras and shortened life spans. Wild zebras also have diminishing habitats because of human encroachment.

Zebras usually employ a herd defense against predators. When a lion attacks and wounds a zebra, its herd sometimes forms a circle around the wounded animal and tries to fight off the lion.

Learn more about Zebras

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How are zebras born?

    A:

    Once a zebra mare begins labor, zebra foals are born swiftly from either a standing or prone position. Because zebras are under constant threat of predators in the wild, zebra foals are born fully developed and are able to stand within a few minutes and walk within 15 minutes. Within an hour, a zebra foal is capable of running.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Are zebras endangered?

    A:

    There are many different species of zebra, each with its own conservation status. As of 2014, The Grevy's zebra is the only member of the species that is considered to be endangered.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How much do zebras weigh?

    A:

    The weight of a zebra depends on the animal's species, sex and age. The plains or Burchell's zebra, the most common species, can weigh up to 849 pounds (385 kilograms). This makes zebras somewhat smaller than an average saddle horse but larger than wild asses such as the onager.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do zebras eat?

    A:

    All three species of zebras are herbivorous and mostly eat grasses. Zebras also feed on shrubs, leaves, bark and herbs.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under: