Zebra

  1. Like horses, a male is called a stallion and a female is called a mare. Baby zebras are called foals.
  2. Zebras as very social animals and live in large groups called ‘harems.’
  3. Zebra foals are born with brown and white stripes as opposed to black and white stripes. Mares generally keep all other zebras away for 2-3 days until her foal recognizes her by sight, voice and smell.
  4. A zebra’s scientific name is Equus burchellii.
  5. There are approximately 770,000 zebras on the earth.
  6. Zebra are part of the equidae family along with horse and donkeys.
  7. Every zebra has a unique pattern of black and white stripes.
  8. There are a number of different theories which attempt to explain zebra’s unique stripes with most relating to camouflage.
  9. Plains zebra are found on the savannas from Sudan to northern Zimbabwe in eastern Africa. Grevy’s zebras are now mostly restricted to parts of northern Kenya. Mountain zebras occur in southwestern Africa with cape mountain zebras in South Africa and Hartmann’s mountain zebras in Namibia and Angola.
  10. Common plain zebras have tails around half a metre in length (18 inches).
  11. Zebra crossings (pedestrian crossings) are named after the black and white stripes of zebras.
  12. Zebras run from side to side to being chased by a predator.
  13. Zebras have excellent eyesight and hearing.
  14. Zebras sleep standing up, and only when they are in groups that can warn them of danger. If they spot a predator, they will bark or whinny loudly to warn the others in the group.
  15. Zebras are herbivores and eat mostly grass.
  16. The ears of a zebra show it’s mood. I can’t even wiggle my ears. 
  17. A zebra named Marty starred in the 2005 animated film Madagascar.
  18. The zebra’s biggest threats are habitat loss due to ranching and farming and competition for water with livestock. They are also hunted for their skins.
  19. If a zebra is attacked, its family will come to its defense, circling the wounded zebra and attempting to drive off predators.