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Equus quagga (quagga; Plains Zebra)

Wikipedia Abstract

The plains zebra (Equus quagga, formerly Equus burchellii), also known as the common zebra or Burchell's zebra, or locally as the "quagga" (not to be confused with the extinct subspecies), is the most common and geographically widespread species of zebra. It ranges from the south of Ethiopia through East Africa to as far south as Botswana and eastern South Africa. The plains zebra remains common in game reserves, but is threatened by human activities such as hunting for its meat and hide, as well as competition with livestock and encroachment by farming on much of its habitat.
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Equus quagga boehmi (Grant's Zebra)
Equus quagga borensis (Half-maned Zebra)
Equus quagga burchellii (Burchell's zebra) (Attributes)
Equus quagga chapmani (Chapman's Zebra)
Equus quagga crawshayi (Crawshay's Zebra)
Equus quagga quagga (Quagga)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 12.62
EDGE Score: 2.61


Adult Weight [1]  677.925 lbs (307.50 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  70.548 lbs (32.00 kg)
Diet [2]  Herbivore
Diet - Plants [2]  100 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Female Maturity [1]  2 years 5 months
Male Maturity [1]  2 years 5 months
Gestation [1]  1 year
Litter Size [1]  1
Litters / Year [1]  1
Maximum Longevity [1]  40 years
Snout to Vent Length [1]  8.43 feet (257 cm)
Weaning [3]  1 year 1 month

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Kora National Park II 409762 Kenya


Prey / Diet

Cenchrus ciliaris (Buffel Grass)[4]
Themeda triandra (red grass)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap


Acinonyx jubatus (Cheetah)[5]
Lycaon pictus (African wild dog)[4]
Panthera leo (Lion)[4]


Parasitized by 
Gastrodiscus aegyptiacus <Unverified Name>[6]

Range Map

External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
4Who's Eating Who
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0