Zebra Facts

Zebra Facts
Zebra Zebra can be easily recognized by its specific black and white appearance. Zebras can be found in shrublands, grasslands, mountains and grasslands of Africa. There are three species of zebra: Grevy's, Mountain and Plain zebra. First two species are endangered.
Interesting Zebra Facts:
Donkeys and horses are close relatives of zebras, but unlike them, zebras can't be trained and domesticated due to their wild nature.
Zebras can be 3.5-5 feet high (at the shoulder) and weigh between 440-990 pounds.
They eat grass and leaves. Zebras can't survive without water and they need to drink it at least once per day.
Some zebras migrate during dry season. They can travel up to 500 miles per year to find place with more food and water.
Since the color of their skin is black, scientists believe that zebras are black animals covered with white stripes.
Each zebra has individual pattern of stripes (number, width...) and these patterns can be used for the identification of the animals.
Stripes provide protection against predators because zebra live in large herds and too many stripes at one place usually confuse predator (he can't choose which animal he should hunt).
Zebra live in large herds with over thousands animals. They sometimes mix with antelopes, which additionally protects them against predators.
They quickly run from one side to another (zigzag) when they are trying to escape from predator.
Within large herds there are small families that consist of one male, few females and their offspring. Parents keep good care of young zebras. Male will try to chase away predator in the case of attack.
Male zebra is called stallion and female mare.
Zebras are fast animals. They can run 35 miles per hour. Newly born zebra can run an hour after it is born.
Zebra has excellent eyesight and sense of hearing.
Zebra sleep in the standing position.
They live 20-30 years in the wild and up to 40 years in captivity.

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