The zebra are uniquely built with one of a handful single-toed hoofed animal species, a category which includes the donkey, horse and mule. This single hoof is probably an adaption that assists them in running faster. Zebras are the most beautiful and striking looking of their family group. So why does Zebras have stripes? When they are grouped together, their stripes make it hard for predators to choose and pick one to chase. All zebra’s stripes are different, from narrow to wide stripes. According to researchers, the further south you travel the further the stripes are on the zebra and that the stripes are also there to help prevent insects from biting.
The average height of an adult zebra is 44-58 inches about 112 to 147centimeters at the shoulder. The zebra’s weight differs greatly, from 175 to 384 kilograms, this depends on the species. Males are about 10 percent bigger than the females.
Zebras browse primarily on tough grasses but they also browse on leaves this which constitutes to 30 percent their diet.
These animals are generally social animals that live in small harems to large herds. They are slower than horses and there top speed is around 35 mph (56 kph), but their great stamina helps them outrun predators. When being chased, a zebra will run zigzag from side to side, to make it more difficult for the predator to catch them. When cornered, a zebra will rear up and kick its attacker.
Zebra are very dependent on water sources and never wander far from waterholes, where they usually take a drink at least once a day. It is the responsibility of an adult mare to guide the family as they move from one area to another and ensure that they never wander too far off.
What would you like to see in the African wilderness. What is your favorite animal?