South-western Angola, Namibia and South Africa
Head and body length, 210-260 cm; tail, 40-55 cm; shoulder height, 116-150 cm
Estimated at 8,200
Slopes, plateaus and mountain areas of South Africa, southwest Angola and Namibia
Angola Namibia South Africa
Stripes are always in style. The mountain zebra for one, couldn't live without them; stripes help it blend into the background and confuse predators as to its distance when fleeing. Stripes even discourage biting insects, as do the zebra's daily dustbaths. Small groups, usually led by a single stallion, spend half their daylight hours feeding. Grazing zebras are one of Africa's quintessential sights, but by the 1930's at least one subspecies was on the verge of disappearing due to overhunting. The main threats to the mountain zebra today are competition from livestock and agriculture—dangers its stripes can't hide it from.