A Grevy’s zebra mother and her adorable foal— round ears at the ready and a furry crest spanning from its mohawk tuft to the tip of its tail. Herds of Grevy’s zebra tend to be more dispersed spatially than plains zebra, making them less of a cohesive unit and possibly at a higher risk of predation. Especially in areas where lion population densities are high, it might be more likely for lions to have their eye on a straggler Grevy’s. Once I saw two lionesses eating a female Grevy’s zebra, and another time a big male carcass lay eviscerated along the side of the road… every time I mentioned the kills to my friends, the reaction was usually: “why did they have to prey on the endangered one??” However, a few radiotelemetry studies suggest that lions do not preferentially prey on Grevy’s zebra, and the threat from natural predation on Grevy’s zebra populations is dwarfed by the issues of competition with and displacement by livestock.
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