Posted August 2019
The Milwaukee County Zoo is excited to welcome another species to Adventure Africa! Two male plains zebra, Pacco and Stuart, recently joined the Impala Plains mixed species habitat, which includes impala, African crowned cranes, and ostriches. The Zoo now has four zebra in its population; the other two zebra, females Zink and Kelly, reside in the African Waterhole habitat.
Pacco and Stuart were born almost one year ago at the Hemker Park Zoo in Minnesota, only about one month apart. They are easily distinguishable, as Pacco is larger than the Stuart. However, once they fully develop, they will be identified by their black stripe patterns. They were transferred to the Zoo to be included in Impala Plains, as they share the habitat with species they would encounter in the wild. Pacco is named after the zebra in the children’s movie and books, Tarzan. Stuart is named after Stuart little, also a children’s movie and book.
A plains zebra is recognizable by its black and white stripes, mid-size body, and short legs. The exact pattern of a zebra’s stripes is unique to each individual.
Adults are between 3.5-5 feet tall and weigh between 440-990 pounds. Juveniles have brown stripes that turn black as they develop. Zebra are herbivorous, with most of their diet consisting of grasses.
The plains zebra’s range is fragmented, spanning from southern to eastern Africa. They typically live in treeless grasslands and savanna woodlands, but can be found in a variety of habitats. They are highly water-dependent and will migrate up to 700 miles to follow the rains.
The zebra are now in Adventure Africa’s Impala Plains habitat, which is located on the south end of the Zoo near the giraffes, harbor seals, and polar bear. When you’re in the area welcoming the new zebra, stop by the African Forest habitat, which includes the yellow-backed duiker, Aria, the bongos, Zuri and Sydney, and the three new guineafowl, Gertrude, Rose, and Yolanda.