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25  Amazing Facts About Zebra | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. Zebra are part of the equidae family along with horse and donkeys.
  2. Fact is Zebras cannot be tamed and trained like horses due to their wild unpredictable nature.
  3. The Zebra is an African animal best known for their black and white stripes in different patterns unique to each animal which can be used to identify it.
  4. Amazing fact is zebras are considered to be black with white stripes, not white with black stripes.
  5. There is a reason for the stripes. When zebras are grouped together, their stripes make it hard for a predator to pick out one zebra to chase.
  6. Zebra crossings (pedestrian crossings) are named after the black and white stripes of zebras.
  7. They are highly sociable creatures.
  8. The large herds are known as “harems”.
  9. They live in a variety of habitats, such as grasslands, savannas and mountains.
  10. There are three main species of zebras: the Plains Zebra, the Mountain Zebra and the Grevy’s Zebra.
  11. The Grevy’s zebra is the largest wild member of the horse family.
  12. The Plain Zebra has the highest rate of population. The Grevy’s Zebra and the Mountain Zebra are listed as endangered species.
  13. A zebra family is made up of one stallion, a few mares, and their offspring.
  14. Members of a zebra family are very caring! Amazingly if one is attacked by a predator, others do not run away but stick together as the stallion tries to drive away the predator.
  15. Zebras have shiny coats that dissipate amazing 70 percent of incoming heat and the stripes help it to withstand intense solar radiation.
  16. Life span of Zebra is about 25 to 30 years.
  17. The Zebras can reach a height of 4 feet and can weigh anywhere between 485 lbs (220 kg) to 990 lbs (450 kg).
  18. Zebras are in fact very adaptable grazers. They feed mainly on grasses but will also eat herbs, shrubs, leaves, bark and twigs. They have large sized teeth meant for grinding and cropping grass.
  19. They can subsist on diets of lower nutritional quality than that necessary for other herbivores.
  20. Zebras have excellent eyesight and hearing.
  21. They are generally slower than horses with a top speed of around 35 mph (56 kph), but their great stamina helps them outpace predators.
  22. When chased, a zebra will zigzag from side toside, making it more difficult for the predator to catch them. When cornered, a zebra will rear up and kick or bite its attacker.
  23. Zebra are extremely dependent on water and never wander far from waterholes, where they usually drink at least once a day.
  24. Zebras amazingly stand up while sleeping.
  25. The ears of a zebra show its mood.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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