Definitely a favorite of many people, zebras are immediately recognized by their unique black and white stripes. These stripes come in patterns that are unique to each zebra, much like human fingerprints! Here at Zoo Miami, we have two different species of zebra: the Grant’s zebra and the Grevy’s zebra. Andy is the Grevy’s zebra, he is taller and larger than the others. While he is known to be a bit skittish, he is also very calm, especially for a Grevy. At times he can get pretty loud, vocalizing and screaming. Aside from being bigger than the Grant’s zebras, Andy can also be recognized by the lack of stripes on his belly.
Zoo Miami also has three Grant’s Zebras, one male and two females. The male, Apollo, is known to be the friendliest of the bunch. He loves to get attention from people, and will even follow his keepers around until they scratch him. Sweet and social, Apollo is especially friendly in order to get his favorite treats, carrots and sweet potatoes. But while he gets along fine with just about everyone, the only problem he seems to have is with Zaire, one of the female Grant zebras! Since these two aren’t exactly best friends, they will usually switch between exhibit locations so that they don’t have to be close to each other. While one will be near the giraffes, the other will usually be hanging around the ostriches. Unlike Apollo, Zaire is not as friendly, and is more anxious. The other female Grant’s zebra, Juanita, is the oldest of the bunch, and tends to be calm and neutral. Like Zaire, she prefers to keep her distance – but on the other hand, she gets along just fine with both Apollo and Zaire! She can be recognized by having a slightly fluffier mane than the others.
Keepers keep these guys happy with enrichment items like posts made of silicone that they can scratch themselves with and by feeding them their favorite leaves and plants. The Grant’s zebras can be seen on exhibit at the Samburu Station, along with the giraffes, ostrich, vulturine guinea fowl and more.