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Crawshay's Zebra

Zebras in Gorongosa are not your typical zebra - they’re members of a distinct subspecies, called Crawshay’s zebra (Equus quagga crawshayi). This special zebra only lives in a relatively small area that spans eastern Zambia, Malawi, southeastern Tanzania, and Mozambique. Gorongosa’s zebras live at the southernmost part of this range. You can tell Crawshay’s zebras apart from other zebras by their thinner and denser black stripes, which extend all across their underbelly and all the way down to the hooves; there are never shadow-stripes (thin, light-brown stripes between the black ones). They also appear to have slightly different teeth than other zebras.

 

Zebras are grazers that feed only on grasses. They’re liken to an animal lawnmower that chomps down tall grass to make short lawns. Other herbivores like wildebeest, will follow after and eat the short, nutritious grass. There are very few zebra living deep in the heart of Gorongosa, but you may just be one of the lucky few to see this rare zebra.