Posted on March 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM by Blog Author
Blank Park Zoo has two Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. Duke, the male, is 4 years old while Duchess, the female, is 5 years old. Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra are found in Angola, South Africa, and Namibia. The IUCN lists Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra as Threatened estimating 34,000 individuals in the wild. Duke and Duchess can be found in the zoo’s Africa section and can often be caught playing with each other so come see their antics!
There are 3 species of zebra, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra being a subspecies of Mountain Zebra, with many visual ways to tell Mountain Zebra from the other zebra species. One way is they have brown stripes from their muzzle going up onto their face. Another way is the distinctive pattern, described as a zipper pattern or braid pattern, along their tail. Mountain Zebra also have thin stripes along their neck and torso with big thick stripes on their hips and a white belly. In addition, Mountain Zebra possess a dewlap, or a small flap of loose skin on their neck. Come visit the zoo and see if you can spot these features on the zebra!
While visiting the zoo, you may catch a training session with the zebra. The zebra love to interact with their keepers and get some of their favorite treats. The zebra are fast learners and know multiple behaviors that help the keepers take care of them. One behavior is to open their mouths to ensure their teeth are healthy. Another behavior is the zebra line themselves up against the fence line so keepers can examine their bodies. The keepers have many more behaviors they want to train the zebra so stay tuned!