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Animal hybrids may seem out of this world, but they are real! One such unbelievable hybrid is a zorse, a cross between a zebra stallion and a horse mare. It can also be called a zebrule, zebrula, or zebra mule. A zorse falls under the zebroid category, a term used when a zebra mates with other equines like a donkey or horse.

A zorse is said to have developed first in parts of Europe and Asia. Today, it is most commonly found in Southern and Eastern Africa in grasslands and savannahs, which are tropical and subtropical regions with grass. The zorse can also be found in parts of North America. The animal predominantly gets its appearance and temperament from its mother (horse mare). They are well built and look handsomely athletic with brown, black, white, red, or tan colored fur with striking zebra-like stripes all over its body.

The breeding of a zorse is done in circuses, zoos, and places where there are human breeders near wild grasslands. This is because the hybrid animal is the result of a wild zebra and a domestic horse mating with each other.

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Fun Zorse Facts For Kids

What do they prey on?

They feed on grass, fruits, and berries

What do they eat?

They are herbivores

Average litter size?

They are sterile animals which means they do not reproduce naturally

How much do they weigh?

500-992 lb (227-450 kg)

How long are they?

We're not sure how long a zorse is. If you know, please let us know at [email protected]

How tall are they?

51-65 in (130-165 cm)

What do they look like?

Their skin colors range from grey, brown, black and white, tan, and red

Skin Type

They have fur on their bodies

What were their main threats?

Lions, Hyenas, Leopards, Cheetahs, And Wolves, Hunting Dogs

What is their conservation status?

Not Evaluated

Where you'll find them?

Open Grasslands And Savannahs


North America, South And East Africa









Zorse Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a zorse?

The cross between a zebra stallion and a horse mare is called a zorse, and in rare reverse cases, mating between a zebra mare and horse stallion is called a zebrinny or a hebra.

What class of animal does a zorse belong to?

Just like zebras and horses, zorses belong to the Mammalia class.

How many zorses are there in the world?

According to one of the sources, there are only about 100 zorses in the world. The number is low due to this species being infertile and also because zebras are wild animals, whereas horses are domestic animals. Hence, there are not many zorse breeders in the world. They are primarily bred to be exhibited in zoos or in animal institutes.

Where does a zorse live?

Like its parent breeds, zorses too are herbivores. They are suited to living in grasslands, woodlands, and places with greenery that possess lots of fruits and berries because that is their primary source of food. They are found mostly in Africa and in zoos across the world.

What is a zorse's habitat?

Horses are primarily domesticated animals, whereas zebras are found in the wild or in zoos. As a mix hybrid species of a zebra and a horse, it is nearly impossible for zorses to be found in the wild. They are usually found in zoos and in animal institutes. A zorse can also exist in places where there are human settlements, as a result of mating between a wild zebra and a domestic horse. Commercial breeding and loss of habitat are the primary threats to zorses.

Who do zorses live with?

Like horses and zebras, zorses are social animals and have heightened flight responses. They can live with other animals in zoos and circuses and are reasonably friendly with humans.

How long does a zorse live?

A zorse's average lifespan is between 15-30 years. However, they can live for more than 30 years if they are well maintained and looked after.

How do they reproduce?

Typically, hybrids that are a cross between two kinds of animals of the same family or other families are sterile. Therefore, like other hybrids, zorses also are sterile and cannot reproduce.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of this species is Not Evaluated in the International Unit of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) List. This is because the zorse is a hybrid animal and is infertile.

Zorse ​Fun Facts

What do zorses look like?

The offspring of a zebra and horse is called a zorse. Zorses are handsome creatures like their parents. Zebroids or zorses look muscular, well built, and share many other horse mare features. They have bold stripes on the legs, neck, and rear and lighter stripes on the rest of their body. They have short, rough fur like a horse in colors like brown, tan, and black. They have dark black eyes, ears sitting erect on their head, and beautiful hair on the neck. Unlike either of the parents, zorses have a muzzle. With long, slender, and sturdy legs, they can easily maintain a firm stance which also helps them in running.

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How cute are they?

A zorse is a handsome and cute animal. Since they are a crossbreed between a horse and a zebra, they are beautiful with stripes in black and white colors, or red, tan, brown, and general horse-like colors. A baby zorse, also known as a foal, is extra adorable!

How do they communicate?

Zorses communicate through verbal and nonverbal means. Humans can communicate with zorses through touch by caressing them with the hand. They swish their tails, make noises, and can sense danger. Zorses have a good fight or flight response, so they clearly understand the difference between a good and bad touch.

How big is a zorse?

Zorses have a horse-like build and are often quite stocky. They will grow upto 51-65 in (130-165 cm) in height and weigh anything between 500-992 lb (227-450 kg), but they are typically shorter than horses.

How fast can a zorse run?

Horses are impressively fast animals and can run at up to 54.6 mph (88.0 kph). Not quite as fast as a horse, a zorse can run at 40 mph (64 kph), but this is still super fast. This is one reason why breeders like to use zorses as working animals to transport people and goods, especially at tourist destinations.

How much does a zorse weigh?

A zorse typically weighs between 500-992 lb (227-450 kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

Since a zorse is a zebra and horse hybrid, it does not have male and female species names.

What would you call a baby zorse?

After mating happens between a zebra and a horse, the female horse goes through an 11 month gestation period, and a baby zorse called a foal is born. After the birth within an hour, the zorse stands up and begins to canter.

What do they eat?

Like their parent animals, a zorse is a herbivore and feeds on grass, fruits, leaves, berries, and other greens and grains found on the ground level. They have a heightened sense of taste for what can be eaten and so can easily avoid poisonous plants.

Are they dangerous?

Zorses have a social and robust temperament like zebras. They can get aggressive but are not dangerous until they are triggered the wrong way.

Would they make a good pet?

Zorses cannot be kept as a pet but can definitely be used for domestic transportation of people and goods. They are friendly animals and are most likely to be found in zoos.

Did you know...

Here are some mind-blowing zorse facts for you:

Zorses, like zebras, have 360 degree vision with two blind-spots; exactly in front of their nose and behind their head. They are also said to have excellent night vision.

They have briefly been mentioned in books, including 'A Song Of Ice And Fire' by George R.R. Martin.

Being an offspring of a zebra, a zorse needs a friend or a lifelong companion.

The US government bred zorses in the 20th century to determine the qualities inherited by their parents, the zebra and the horse.

As an offspring of a zebra, the zorse also has unique stripes like fingerprints. Meaning, no zorse or zebra can have the same pattern of stripes.

A zorse's digestive system can have food flowing through it continously, and they can eat all day long!

Like zebras, zorses are naturally resistant to a disease spread by the Tse Tse fly in Africa.

Zorses can be expensive to purchase. A wild and untamed zorse can cost $500. Such a zorse can be challenging to train. A well-trained and bred zorse can cost up to $30,000. What do you think, are they worth the price?

Can the zorse reproduce?

Zorse, also referred to as zebroids, cannot reproduce even though they have the ability to mate. Horses have 64 chromosomes, and various zebras species have between 44-62 chromosomes. When the two mate, zebroids are born with 54 chromosomes that is if the zebra species has 44 chromosomes. Otherwise most zorses have 63 chromosomes in them. They are born sterile, so they cannot reproduce with a horse, zorse, zebra, or any other animal.

More zebroid variations

Like zorses, there are many zebroid variations that are produced when zebras mate with other equines like horses and donkeys. Natural breeding of an equine hybrid is nearly impossible. Like the zorse, here are some other hybrids you may want to know about.

The zony is a hybrid resulting from the mating of a zebra and pony. Ponies are a smaller breed of horses and can look much smaller than a horse even after being fully grown. The animal has more features of a pony mare and stripes of a zebra stallion. When a zebra mates with a Shetland (Scottish pony breed), they are called Zetlands.

The offspring of a zebra and donkey is generally called a zonkey or zenkey. This hybrid's breed is super popular for tourists to pose with in souvenir photographs. Zonkeys also have stripes and can be found in a few parts of Africa and live in green pastures. Having solid and broad teeth like donkeys, they can easily chew on fibrous grasses. Zonkeys, being related to zebras and donkeys, share the power, speed, and strength of their parent animals and are used for pulling heavy loads. They have a lifespan of 15-25 years.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including the Pademelon, or the Javan rhinoceros.

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