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Zebra

Zebras are iconic African mammals known for their distinctive black and white stripes. 

Physical Characteristics: Zebras are medium-sized ungulates with a horse-like appearance. They have a sturdy build, elongated heads, and upright manes that stand up along their necks. The most striking feature of zebras is their black and white striped coat, which varies in pattern and intensity among species. Each zebra’s stripes are unique, similar to human fingerprints, and are thought to provide camouflage, thermal regulation, and protection against biting flies.

Species: There are three species of zebras: the plains zebra (Equus quagga), the Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi), and the mountain zebra (Equus zebra). Plains zebras are the most common and widespread species, found in various habitats across eastern and southern Africa. Grevy’s zebras are found in northern Kenya and parts of Ethiopia and Somalia, while mountain zebras inhabit mountainous regions of southern Africa.

Habitat: Zebras inhabit a range of habitats, including grasslands, savannas, woodlands, and mountainous areas. They are well-adapted to grazing on grasses and other vegetation, and they are often found in areas with access to water sources such as rivers, lakes, and watering holes. Zebras are social animals and are often seen in groups known as herds, which provide protection against predators and opportunities for social interaction.

Diet: Zebras are herbivores and primarily feed on grasses, although they may also consume leaves, twigs, and other plant materials. They have specialized teeth and digestive systems adapted for grazing, with flat molars for grinding tough plant material and a complex stomach for fermenting cellulose. Zebras are selective feeders and will move between grazing areas to find the most nutritious vegetation.

Behavior: Zebras are social animals and live in groups known as herds, which typically consist of several females, their offspring, and a dominant male known as a stallion. Herds provide protection against predators, facilitate breeding opportunities, and allow individuals to share resources such as food and water. Zebras communicate with each other through vocalizations such as barks, whinnies, and snorts, as well as through body language such as ear positioning, tail flicking, and facial expressions.

Reproduction: Breeding in zebras can occur throughout the year, although peak breeding activity often coincides with the rainy season when food and water are more abundant. Female zebras give birth to a single foal after a gestation period of around 11 to 13 months. Foals are born with brownish coats and gradually develop their distinctive black and white stripes over time. They are cared for and protected by their mother and other herd members until they are old enough to fend for themselves.

Conservation Status: Zebras are not currently considered endangered, although some populations may be threatened by habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, poaching, and human-wildlife conflict. Conservation efforts focus on protecting their remaining habitats, managing wildlife populations, and promoting sustainable land use practices.

Overall, zebras are iconic symbols of the African savanna, known for their striking appearance, social behavior, and importance in African ecosystems. With their unique adaptations and cultural significance, zebras are cherished by people around the world and are a symbol of Africa’s rich biodiversity and natural heritage.

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Location - The Lost Kingdom, Zoo
Threat Status - Least Concerned

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