Zebra stripes are some of the most distinct markers in the animal kingdom. Like a human being’s finger prints, no 2 sets of Zebra stripes are exactly alike.
Few animals are as striking as the zebra in a purely graphic sense. Giant pandas, penguins and skunks may share the same bold color combination, but the zebra’s contrasting stripes make it an animal that stands out from the crowd.
But the zebra is much more than a horse with stripes. Let’s find out more.
- They have a brilliant black-and-white striped coat, of course! Their most famous feature. Each stripe pattern is unique to every individual Zebra.
- They are closely related to horses and donkeys; in fact, they are in the same genus.
- Zebras have thick bodies, thin legs, a tufted tail, and a long head and neck sporting a short mane.
- Three different species of zebras exist on earth and they include: the plains zebra (can be seen on a safari to Uganda),Grevy’s zebra and mountain zebra, all three species are native to Africa.
- Zebras are This means that they feed on grasses, herbs, shrubs, and leaves. Zebras are known for being able to travel over 1000 kilometers (700 miles) in search of food and water.
- Zebras are white with black stripes. You have probably ever wondered whether a zebra is black with white stripes or white with black stripes.
- The stripes serve a bigger purpose than beauty, they help fend off disease-carrying flies and insects. Some researchers say it is meant to confuse predators by creating some kind of illusion.
- The Zebra’s stripes are also important in cooling off the body.
- Zebras communicate with each other using both sounds and facial expressions. They make barking sounds and pull their ears back against their heads in instances of danger.
- They live in groups of 5-20 animals led by a stallion. Just like any other family, the stallion protects the family group from outside invaders especially the predators as well as the other stallions from different groups.
- They are very social animals and live together in large groups. They can also be seen grazing with fellow grazers like antelopes.
- Female zebras carry their young for a gestation period of 12 to 14 months. Baby zebras are called foals. Soon after birth, foals are able to stand up and walk.
- As elegant and peaceful as they are, don’t be fooled. Zebras are incredibly brave and strong. They can give a pretty strong back kick. A proper back kick from a zebra will injure a lion – enough to make the lion reconsider its choices for food.
- Known predators of zebras include lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas. When danger approaches, the stallion will alert the others with a high-pitched snort.
- Zebras weigh anywhere from 400 to 850 pounds, depending on the species. The Grevy’s zebra is the largest wild member of the horse family.
- In the wild, zebras usually live to be between 20 to 30 years old; they can live to the age of 40 in zoos.
- And no, you cannot ride a zebra because it wouldn’t be practical as they haven’t been selectively bred for this trait like horses have. They are unlikely to be able to support the weight of an adult human and are more aggressive and a lot more dangerous than horses.
Zebras are native to Africa. So you will definitely have to pack your bags and come to Africa to have a close up with this awesome animal.
The real-life experience of seeing zebras up close in their natural habitat (especially for the first time) is exceptional.
In Uganda, Zebras can only be found in Lake Mburo National park and Kidepo Valley National Park. (The Plains species)
THEY LOOK MUCH BETTER UP CLOSE. Visit Uganda and check them out