What is the maximal age a Plains zebra reaches?
An adult Plains zebra (Equus quagga) usually gets as old as 20 years.
When born, they weight 40 kg (88.18 lbs) and measure 8 cm (0′ 4″). They are a member of the Equidae family (genus: Equus). Fully grown, they reach a bodylength of 2.25 meter (7′ 5″).
As a reference: Usually, humans get as old as 100 years, with the average being around 75 years. After being carried in the belly of their mother for 280 days (40 weeks), they grow to an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) and weight in at 62 kg (137 lbs), which is obviously highly individual.
The plains zebra (Equus quagga, formerly Equus burchellii), also known as the common zebra, is the most common and geographically widespread species of zebra. Its range is fragmented, but spans much of southern and eastern Africa south of the Sahara. Six subspecies have been recognised including the extinct quagga which was thought to be a separate species. However, more recent research supports variations in zebra populations being clines rather than subspecies.The plains zebra is intermediate in size between the larger Grévy’s zebra and the smaller mountain zebra; and tends to have broader stripes than both. Great variation in coat patterns exists between clines and individuals. The plain zebra’s habitat is generally, but not exclusively, treeless grasslands and savanna woodlands, both tropical and temperate. They generally avoid desert, dense rainforest, and permanent wetlands. Zebras are preyed upon by lions and spotted hyenas and to a lesser extent crocodiles, cheetahs, and African wild dogs. The plains zebra is a highly social species, forming harems with a single stallion, several mares, and their recent offspring; bachelor groups also form. Groups may come together to form herds. The animals keep watch for predators; they bark or snort when they see a predator, and the harem stallion attacks predators to defend his harem.The plains zebra remains common in game reserves, but is threatened by human activities such as hunting for its meat and hide, as well as competition with livestock and encroachment by farming on much of its habitat. The species population is stable and not endangered, though populations in most countries have declined sharply. As of 2016, the plains zebra is classified as near threatened by IUCN.
Animals of the same family as a Plains zebra
Not really brothers and sisters, but from the same biological family (Equidae):
- Mountain zebra becoming 24 years old
- Equus onager growing to a mass of 205 kgs (451.95 lbs)
- Asinus becoming 47 years old
- Burchell’s zebra becoming 40 years old
- Kiang growing to a mass of 280.57 kgs (618.55 lbs)
- Grévy’s zebra becoming 26 years old
- Horse becoming 62 years old
- Onager becoming 38.75 years old
Animals that reach the same age as Plains zebra
With an average age of 20 years, Plains zebra are in good companionship of the following animals:
- Asian palm civet usually reaching 22.42 years
- White-nosed coati usually reaching 17.67 years
- Indiana bat usually reaching 20 years
- Big hairy armadillo usually reaching 20 years
- Cacomistle usually reaching 23 years
- Bontebok usually reaching 21.67 years
- Dama gazelle usually reaching 17.25 years
- Thorold’s deer usually reaching 18 years
- Egyptian fruit bat usually reaching 22.83 years
- Northern viscacha usually reaching 19.5 years
Weighting as much as Plains zebra
A fully grown Plains zebra reaches around 400 kg (881.85 lbs). So do these animals:
- Risso’s dolphin weighting 387.25 kilos (853.74 lbs) on average
- African manatee weighting 454 kilos (1000.9 lbs) on average
- Grévy’s zebra weighting 405.5 kilos (893.97 lbs) on average
- Leopard seal weighting 352.84 kilos (777.88 lbs) on average
- Steller sea lion weighting 383.23 kilos (844.88 lbs) on average
- Weddell seal weighting 400 kilos (881.85 lbs) on average
- Horse weighting 401.8 kilos (885.82 lbs) on average
- Pygmy sperm whale weighting 431.25 kilos (950.74 lbs) on average
- Amazonian manatee weighting 418 kilos (921.53 lbs) on average
- West Indian manatee weighting 467.16 kilos (1029.91 lbs) on average