Best 18 Facts you didn't know about zebras
If you thought zebras were just horses with stripes, think again! Here are 18 facts about zebras that you probably didn’t know!
SpeciesThere are three different species of zebras and all belong to the Equus family; which also includes donkeys and horses. The three different species all come from Africa and they are: the Burchell’s zebra, also known as the plains zebra, the Grevy’s zebra that is named after the French president Jules Grevy and finally, we have the Equus zebra.
The StripesWhy do zebras have stripes? There are many theories around! Some say it helps them to camouflage in the wild, so that their predators won’t find them. New research however, suggest that these stripes came about to deter blood-sucking insects.
Stripe WidthEach species of zebra have different types of stripes, varying in their width.
That QuestionIs the zebra’s coat black with white stripes or is their coat white with black stripes? The debate continues!
FingerprintsEach zebra is unique; they all have different stripe patterns. It is like comparing it to humans and their fingerprints.
TijuanaThe Tijuana zebra is not really a zebra. It is in fact a donkey that has been painted to look like a zebra. They are used in Mexico as tourist attractions!
WeightZebras weigh between 180 to 380 pounds, depending on the species.
FamilyZebras live in small groups with their families. The groups then group together to form a large herd. Even when they are in a herd, zebras tend to stay close to their family group.
Danger DetectorThere is always safety in numbers, so herds of zebras stick together to look out for predators and to help defend the weaker animals. These predators include lions and hyenas.
ConfusionThis one is hard to believe, but herds of zebras are often confused with herds of antelope.
AgeIn the wild zebras live up to 20 to 30 years but in captivity they can live up to 40 years.
Zebra CrossingThe zebra crossing, called the Zebroid, has existed since the 19th century.
SpeedZebras are unfortunately not as fast as horses; they run up to 55km per hour. They do however have excellent endurance and employ a zig zag run that helps them to escape from predators.
FightingThis is quite impressive - in the past it has been known that zebras have won fights with lions.
DomesticateHumans have tried to domesticate zebras in the past to have as pets and were unsuccessful.
ResponsibilityDuring the annual migration, it is the eldest zebra in the family group’s responsibility to make sure the zebras in their family don’t stray too far.
EndangeredThe Equus and Grevy’s zebra are endangered. This is mainly due to humans destroying their habitat and hunting.
WalkingWhen a baby zebra is born, they can stand and walk after just 20 minutes!
Source & Photo: MNN
06 May 2019