International Zebra Day

Event date: January 31, 2022

Abilene Zoo


The question most asked about zebras has to be if they have a white coat with black stripes or a black coat with white stripes. The general consensus is zebras have white coats with black (sometimes brown) stripes. That’s because if you look at most zebras, the stripes end on their belly and toward the inside of the legs, and the rest is all white. However, as it turns out, zebras have black skin underneath their hair. So it depends on how you look at it!

Zebras are equids, members of the horse family, but these monochromatic equines are more closely related to donkeys than they are horses. They are a sturdy, social species, but they are facing threats they can’t outrun.


Zebras are currently considered Near Threatened by the IUCN. That means that while there are still a good number of individuals in the wild, their population is decreasing. Habitat loss due to human encroachment, agricultural practices, and livestock grazing remains an issue in the ongoing conservation of this species. Come learn more about the challenges Zebras face and our conservation efforts at the Abilene Zoo!