The Grant's Zebra, Equus burchellii boehmi, refered in the games as Common Zebra, or Plains Zebra, is a member of the horse family indigenous to the plains of Africa. It is available in Zoo Tycoon and Zoo Tycoon 2. In Zoo Tycoon, the common zebra is listed as the plains zebra.
Zebras are found only in Africa, but their incredible black and white markings make them among the most familiar mammals in the world. Zebras stand closely together in herds so that their patterns confuse predators such as Lions, hyenas, African wild dogs, leopards, and cheetahs. Zebras may also be able to recognize other zebras by their unique striping pattern.
According to the Zoopedia in Zoo Tycoon 2, the scientific name of the common zebra is Equus burchellii. Since then, it has been changed to Equus quagga.
In Zoo Tycoon
In Zoo Tycoon, the plains zebra lives in the savannah biome and it is very easy to care for. It is happy in smaller exhibits. It is not very popular with guests. It reproduces very often if there is much more space than they need. The zebra is comfortable in an exhibit with the Thomson's gazelle.
In Zoo Tycoon 2
Zebras live in the savannah exhibit.
Zebras are herbivores but will only feed on hay.
Zebras like the scratching post and the salt lick.
Zebras use the stables and the shade structure.
Zebras live in large herds led by a stallion. Males will mate with more than one female. Females give birth to one foal at a time. Zebras can also mate with the quagga.
Zebras may be able to recogonize other zebras by the pattern of stripes on their bodies.
Although they are less cooperative than horses, zebras can be tamed and trained to pull carriages, but they are very difficult to ride.
Zebras signal to each other with body language and sounds in the same way that domesticated horses do. Lowered ears, for example, show that a zebra is likely to kick, while a snort shows that it is alarmed.
During the course of a day, a zebra herd may wander 12 miles (20 km) or more in search of food, usually returning to the same resting place each evening.
- In Zoo Tycoon 2, male Zebras will fight over females. This is also true in the wild
- The common zebra is one of several Zoo Tycoon 2 animals who have been updated in Zoo Tycoon 2: African Adventure to make herds.
- The African buffalo from African Adventure can sniff the common zebra as if they are the same species.