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We have a lovely herd of Chapman zebra (aka Burchell or Plains zebra) at Porfell. They graze the fields in the African Adventure enclosure, happily mixing with the ostrich and eland and occasionally wandering over to the Maasai huts to see what the fuss is all about. Zebra’s natural predators include lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetah and, of course, man. Unlike their close relative, the horse, they cannot be tamed, due to their wild, unpredictable nature.


A mother will isolate new-born foals from the rest of the herd for two to three days until they can recognize her by sight, voice and smell.

Zebra facts

  • Conservation Status:
    Near Extinction to Endangered
  • Habitat: Plains, savanna
  • Range: East & Southern Africa
  • No of species: 3
  • Lifespan: average 25 years
  • Weight: 225-420kg
Scientific classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Perissodactyla
  • Family: Eqidae
  • Genus: Equus
  • Species: Equus zebra, Equus quagga, Equus grevyi


Zebras ‘at home’. Porfell Wildlife Park, nr Looe, Cornwall.

A fine set of gnashers.

Zebra grazing on the grounds surrounding the Maasai Village, Porfell, nr Looe, Cornwall.

Zebra with her two foals.

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