Friday, 9 June 2017

Zebras

Zebras

Zebras or Equus quagga equus burchelli are a part of the horse family. There are 3 species of zebra Plains zebra, Mountain zebra and Grevy’s zebra. Did you know a zebra’s predators include Lion, Tiger, Hyena, Hunting Dog, Leopard and Human.Zebras are mammals so they have live babies. Normally they have 1 baby per litter. It’s quite rare to have twins. The most known is 3 at a time.


Dynamics
They range in height from 1-1.5 m. Plains zebras have a different stripe pattern to other zebras. They have broad stripes that go horizontally towards the back and vertically towards the front. They have a stripe that runs down the center of their backs onto the tail. Zebras have an “under belly” stripe. Zebras have unique stripes.

Behaviour
They are quite social animals. Zebras go/run in groups called harems. Mountain and Plains zebras both have 1 stallion and 6 mares in their harems. They have up to 30 zebra’s per harem. Often, they whinny or bark when they have sighted a predator(Lions, Tigers etc). Also, they sleep standing up in case they need to get away quickly. Zebras have very good hearing and eyesight, which helps them stay clear of predators.

Diet
Zebras are herbivores so they only eat plants, grass etc. They eat a variety of grasses. Their diet includes Shrubs, Herbs,Twigs,Leaves and Bark. In the zoo their diet consists of hay and dry grass. 90% of a zebra’s diet is grass.Zebra’s have a hindgut fermentation which helps digest(and get rid of) bacteria.

Habitat and Location
They live in the African Landscape. Plains zebras live in grasslands or Savanna’s. Grevy’s zebra live in arid grasslands of Ethiopia and North Kenya. Mountain zebras live in South Africa, Namibia and Angola. The plains zebra is extinct in Burundi and Lesotho. The zebra spends its busy life on the move seeking the best grazing in the mostly dusty world of the African savanna.

On average, plains zebras are smaller than the other two species of zebra. Grevys zebra are nearly extinct with only 2,500 left in the world. Zebras are native to 15 African countries. Did you know that if zebras run in herds it makes it harder for a predator to kill just one. Did you know you can not own a zebra in California. In the Golden State you can't own zebras, rhinoceroses, tapirs, or any other odd-toed ungulates (aside from ordinary horses) unless you've worked with exotic species for two years (including one year with animals in the same family as the one you plan to
own)

by Ella