Twycross Zoo - Follow Your Heart

Opening Times: 10am - 5pm

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Twycross Zoo is a registered charity (number 501841) which exists to support conservation, education and research.


Scientific Name: Equus burchellii chapmanni

General information

Zebra are one of the most iconic of all of Africa’s grazing animals. They are currently separated into six sub species based on variations in features such as coat patterning and body size. Twycross Zoo’s zebra are Chapman’s zebra.

Zebra are famous for their black and white stripes. There are a number of different reasons suggested to explain zebra stripes, including dazzling predators, thermal regulation and stimulating group cohesion.

Zebra breed throughout the year with peak births during the wet season to ensure there is plenty of food. Gestation is around 360 – 390 days, after which a single young is produced that can stand almost immediately. The foal is weaned at 7 to 11 months, but can start eating grasses from one week old.

Zebra are widespread and do not face any threats significant enough to cause a range-wide population decline and are classed as Least Concern by the IUCN. However, local populations and various subspecies are affected by habitat loss, hunting and competition with livestock for grazing and water.

Size and weight

Height: 110 – 145cm

Weight: 175 – 385KG

Life expectancy

Life expectancy: Approximately 25 Years

Conservation status

Habitat and location

Habitat: Grasslands & Savannahs

Location: East & Southern Africa

A large proportion of Champan’s zebra can be found in Zimbabwe

Food and eating habits

Zebra’s eat an all-grass diet, they travel long distances across the plains for food, often being the first species to use new areas of grassland.

Where to find at Twycross Zoo

You can find our zebra’s on Conservation Way, opposite the Lorikeets.

Twycross zoo map 2022

Key Facts:

  • Zebra’s can start to eat grass from as early as one week old
  • Every Zebra has unique stripes, just like a fingerprint
  • There are six different subspecies of zebra
  • All zebras in the wild live in Africa
  • Zebra’s are currently least concern on the endangered species list