Eastern and Western Africa, the entire Southern Africa, Kenya, and Northern Tanzania.
White coat with black stripes and white underpants. The Southern species have shadow stripes overlaid with white stripes. Central and East African animals have no shadow stripes. The tail is short-haired towards the base, but then long-haired. The ears are comparatively shorter than those of other Zebra species.
Usually the females are smaller than the males, but in some cases very large females have been recorded.
Mainly open woodland and grassland savanna.
Run in small family herds, consisting of an adult stallion, mares and their accompanying young. Sometimes up to several hundred. Males will fight viciously to retain or gain tenure over mares. Stallions without breeding units join together in bachelor herds or run alone. They frequently mix with other herding species such as Impala, Blue wildebeest, Topi and Gazelles. Access to water is an essential requirement and they usually drink every day.
Grass, but on occasion do browse.
High whistling whinny like a kwa-ha-ha sound.
A single foal is dropped after a gestation period of approximately just over 12 months.
The lifespan of the Plains zebra is approximately 28 years.