Werribee Open Range Zoo


A Plains Zebra has rather broad stripes, especially towards its rump, with colour ranging from black to dark brown. There may be a brown ‘shadow stripe’ between a black and white stripe.

Other zebra species differ: Grevy’s Zebra has narrow, closely spaced stripes over most of the body right to the hooves, and Mountain Zebras have faint stripes between darker stripes.

While Plains Zebra are common in the Africa, they are vulnerable to loss of habitat and, like many species, to hunting.

Thier cousins, the Grevy's Zebra is on the brink of extinction.

It's estimated that there are just 2,000 Grevy's Zebra left in the wild and Zoos Victoria is working to save this species through a program called Beads for Wildlife.

Plains Zebras are social animals. They form family groups of stallion, several mares and foals, and unattached males form bachelor groups. In seasonally dry areas such as the Serengeti in Tanzania, small families of Plains Zebras gather to form large herds. Staying together as families within the herd, they travel up to 800km each year in an annual migratory trek that returns to the Serengeti.

Because of the prevalence of predators, Plains Zebras are restless and alert, and very vocal. They make a barking sound. There is always a family member awake to watch out for predators.

Meet the animals


Born 1989

Bill's coat is black on white and also brown, making him look dirty.


Born 1995

Sabe is a fairly suspicious zebra and is a great leader.

Melako world cup tile

Zoos Victoria Launch Kicking Goals for Wildlife

As World Cup fever sweeps across Brazil more than 9,000 kilometres away in Northern Kenya, young warrior men are about to play their very first match in the Melako Conservation Football League.

12 June 2014
RMIT window display

A window into the world of Melako, Kenya

Students from RMIT University’s Diploma of Visual Merchandising have worked with us to help promote our international conservation partnership with Melako Community Conservancy in Northern Kenya, in a creative visual display at RMIT’s City campus.

11 June 2014
Shadowfax winery

Shadowfax and the Savannah

Werribee Open Range Zoo and Shadowfax Wines have joined forces to create the perfect day of wine and wildlife at Werribee Park.

Slumber Safari - couple

Slumber Safari

Enjoy an overnight experience at the Zoo in our luxury safari camp. Your stay includes amazing close-up animal encounters, drinks and dips at sunset, a sumptuous dinner, unique night-time activities and breakfast overlooking Australian Journey. 

Did you know?
  • It was previously thought that zebras were white with black stripes. However, embryological evidence shows that the animal’s background colour is actually black and the white stripes and bellies are additions
  • Every zebra has its own unique pattern of black and white stripes.
  • Like horses, zebras sleep standing up, and only sleep when other zebras are around to warn them of predators