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Zebras are several species of African equids that have black and white stripes as a common characteristic. Although often unnoticeable when you look at zebra pictures, the zebra’s black and white patterns are unique to each individual. Highly social creatures that live in harems, the beasts have never been truly domesticated unlike their close relatives - donkeys and horses.
There are three species of zebras: the Grevy’s zebra, the mountain zebra, and the plains zebra. The animals are found in a variety of habitats such as woodlands, savannas, scrublands, mountains, hills, and grasslands.

Zebras are believed to have evolved among the World Old horses over the last 4 million years. The plains zebra is the most common with six subspecies that are distributed cross most of the eastern and southern Africa.

The mountain zebras, mostly found in southwest Africa have narrower stripes and a sleeker coat. The Grevy’s zebra is the largest of the three species with a noticeably narrower head, a mule-like mien, and a white underbelly. It is mostly found in northern Kenya and the Ethiopian semi-arid grasslands.

The vertical stripes of zebras help them hide in the grass by camouflaging to disrupt their outline. As a further safeguard against deadly predators like lions and hyenas, the stripes merge to an apparent grey at long distances. Since most of these killers have a generally poor sight during the day, the animals really succeed in protecting themselves from possible death. Again, zebras recognize their counterparts by their unique stripes.

Zebras have four gaits: canter, trot, gallop, and walk. Although generally slower than horses, their higher stamina helps them outrun their predators. When pursued by their predators, zebras run in a zigzag manner in order to make it hard for their killers to attack.

The creatures have excellent eyesight and it is believed that they can see in color. Like most other ungulates, their eyes are placed on the sides – giving them the much needed wide view that acts as further defense. Although the animals have the ability to see in the night, their night vision is not as enhanced as that of their predators.

Finally zebras feed primarily on grass although they might occasionally eat shrubs, twigs, leaves, and tree bark. Their unique digestive system allows them to feed on diets of less nutritional quality compared to other wild herbivores.



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