Male infanticide in captive plains zebra, Equus burchelli

  title={Male infanticide in captive plains zebra, Equus burchelli
  author={Jan Pluh{\'a}{\vc}ek and Luděk Barto{\vs}},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
On the assumption that infanticide exists in plains zebra, as reported for horses, Equus caballus, we tested the following hypothesis. Introducing a new zebra male into a herd of breeding females should increase foal mortality in comparison with herds in which the sire of the foals is still present. The younger the foal, the more likely infanticide should be. We collected data from five herds in two zoological gardens in the Czech Republic. We found nine records of infanticide in plains zebra… 


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