Werribee Open Range Zoo


What would an African themed open range zoo be without zebras? At Werribee Open Range Zoo you can see these sociable and playful animals at close quarters.

Zebras are classed as ‘least concern’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (on the IUCN ‘red list’). The population trend is thought to be stable. Although zebras are numerous, they are vulnerable to loss of habitat and, like many species, to hunting.

Your visit helps to fight species extinction. Visiting the zebras at Werribee is an opportunity not only to see these delightful animals, but also to learn about the threats to African species, what the international community is doing to try to conserve these species, and how Zoos Victoria is contributing to the fight.

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.

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 14 August 1989

Bill recently took the dominant position as head of a herd. His coat is black on white and also brown, making him look dirty.


Born 22 March 1995

Sabe has taken leadership of the second zebra herd. He is a fairly suspicious zebra who makes 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 exterior

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 alongside the meerkats.  

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
  • Zebras have proven difficult to train for riding since they have an unpredictable nature and tendency to panic under stress, keeping their wild nature
  • Like horses, zebras sleep standing up, and only sleep when other zebras are around to warn them of predators