Palomino and red dun stallions rearing

Horses, donkeys and zebras

From our own domestic horses to the iconic black and white striped zebras that roam wild on plains and savannahs, horses, asses and zebras are familiar to most of us. There are three species of zebra and three species of wild ass. There is just one species of horse, and that encompasses the domestic horse.

They all have a robust and sturdy appearance, long necks and a mane. Their long heads have moveable ears that the animals can turn towards and effectively localise sound. Each of their limbs ends in a vitally important hoof that encases and protects a single toe. Horses, asses and zebras are usually social animals, living in either permanent or temporary herds on open terrains.

Scientific name: Equus

Rank: Genus

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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Odd-toed ungulates
  6. Equidae
  7. Horses, donkeys and zebras