Wildlife Facts - Zebra

Posted by Hartenbos Private Game Lodge on Thu January 6, 2022 in Our Wildlife.

Latin Name: Equus quagga
Closely related to horses, zebras have thick bodies, thin legs, a tufted tail, and a long head and neck sporting a short mane. And their most famous feature? Their brilliant black-and-white striped coat, of course!

  • There are three different species of zebra, the plains zebra, Grevy’s zebra and mountain zebra, all three species are native to Africa.
  • They can run up to 65km/hour.
  • Their stripes are unique like fingerprints - The question on everyone's lips - Are they white or are they black? Zebras have black skin with white stripes!
  • New born foals can stand after 6 minutes, walk after 20 minutes and run after 40 minutes.
  • a Herd of Zebras are called a Dazzle.
  • Zebras have several ways they communicate with one another, including the facial expressions of wide-open eyes and bared teeth. They also bark, bray, snort or huff to get their point across.
  • They spend most of their day eating grass, and sometimes leaves, shrubs twigs and bark, too. Their teeth are well adapted for grazing, with sharp incisors at the front of their mouth to bite the grass, and large molars at the back for crushing and grinding.
  • Zebras can sleep standing up as they have locking joints, stopping them from falling over. This makes it easier to escape predators.
  • As they migrate to new feeding grounds, ‘super herds’ may form consisting of thousands of individuals. They may team up with other grazers on their travels, too, such as antelope and wildebeest.
  • Within a herd, zebras tend to stay together in smaller family groups, made up of a dominant male, several females (called ‘mares’) and their young (called ‘foals’). When they are between one and three years old, males (or ‘stallions’) leave to join ‘bachelor herds’ (all-male groups), where they stay until they’re old enough and strong enough to compete for females.
  • As elegant and peaceful as they are, don’t be fooled – zebras can be aggressive animals, too! Stallions fight for females with piercing bites and powerful kicks that are strong enough to cause serious damage – and sometimes even kill!
  • Their fierce fighting skills and strong social bonds help to protect zebras from predators.

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