Grevy’s Zebra, which is the largest zebra species in Africa, is endangered, and there are less than 2,500 of these zebras left. It is also estimated that there are only 600 Cape mountain zebra left and 7,000 Hartmann’s mountain zebra. For these three species combined, there are only about 10,000 zebras left. There is another species, called the Plains Zebra, which is the most common, and their numbers were estimated at 660,000 in 2002.
According to the ICUN List of Endangered Species, the aggregate worldwide zebra population is 663,500.
The most common zebra species, the plains zebra (Eqqus quagga), boasts a thriving population of around 600,000. The two other known species of zebra are not doing as well; roughly 2000 Grevy’s Zebras (Eqqus grevyi) and 1500 Mountain Zebras (Eqqus zebra) mean that both of these species are currently considered to be at risk. However, populations of both minor zebra species are steadily increasing, making them jump one level from “endangered” status in 1996 to “vulnerable” status in 2004.
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