Hartmann`s mountain zebra
Equus zebra hartmannae
- FamilyHorses (Equidae)
- Weight240 – 380 kg
- HabitatMountain foothills, mountain plateaus, bushlands, grasslands, deserts and semi-deserts
Zebras live in breeding herds or harems that consist of one stallion and several mares with their offspring. Young stallions reach sexual maturity at the age of six, at which time they challenge a dominant male to a fight. A dominant male can defend his position for up to 15 years without being driven away. Males with no herd join bachelor groups or form new harems.
The Hartmann’s mountain zebra’s habitat is characterised by barren, mountain terrain. It has hard, pointed hooves for sure footing on steep, rocky slopes. Much like our fingernails, the mountain zebra’s hooves grow fast and throughout its life. All zebra species are ungulates or hoofed animals: their single hoof allows them to run on hard ground.
Each zebra has a unique striped pattern; no two are identical. Individuals can also be distinguished by their smell.
Hellabrunn Zoo participates in the European Endangered Species Programmes