Hartmann’s mountain zebra

Vulnerable

In the park, Uhura, the male, lives together with 2 females, Ethosha and Opale.


Scientific name : Equus zebra hartmannae

Where do they live?

They are present from the southwest of Africa to the extreme southwest of Angola, in arid and mountainous regions

Did you know?

The enigma of the stripes
Several hypotheses have been put forward as to why zebras have stripes: Do they help regulate their temperature? Do they help camouflage the animal by confusing predators? Do they keep them from being bitten by insects such as flies or ticks? Or do they use them to recognize each other? For now, the most probable hypothesis according to the scientific community is that they are used to ward off insects. But everything remains to be proven!

This zebra is white with brown and black stripes all the way to is short mane. Its stripes are numerous and narrow. The dominant male lives with his harem of females and foals. When attacked, the male gives off a sharp cry and remains at the rear to guard the group. The female who has the youngest foal then leads the harem. Groups of single zebras pass near the harems looking for females. During fighting for dominance, males will bite, rear up and hit each other with their front legs.
Zebras feed on bark, leaves, buds and fruit in grazing areas that they share with other herbivores such as giraffes, hippos and gazelles.

Height

150 cm at the withers.

Weight

Male 340 kg Female: 270 kg .

Life expectancy

20 years in the wild and 29 years in captivity.

Gestation period

1 year.

Birth weight

25 kg.

Human-Animal Connection

Useful for the ecology and the economy of its territory

This herbivore disperses seeds as it moves about, favouring new habitats for medium-sized animals. It cooperates with oxpeckers: the bird eats parasites (vectors of diseases) off the skin of the zebra and also acts as sentinels since it flies noisily away when it detects danger. The zebra is also an economic resource for the country through ecotourism.