22 Interesting Zebra Facts

Kids and adults have always had a soft spot for zebras. With good reason: these animals are not only unique-looking, but they also have interesting traits. These and more interesting zebra facts are all presented in today’s post.

Our top interesting zebra facts begin here:

  1. A zebra is known all over the world for its one of a kind coat. How so? The body of this animal is characterized by a combination of stripes. Some are black, the others are white. The most interesting thing: there are no two zebras with the same set of stripes. This can be compared to human fingertips. There’s no exact explanation of why this phenomenon happens. Some scientists think that this unique coat is meant for camouflage. It’s also believed to be a means of recognition between individuals;
  2. the inner sides of this animal’s legs are completely white. The white coat of a zebra protects the mammal’s skin against solar radiation. Surprisingly, this skin is black;
  3. 3 species of zebras exist. They’re as follows: the mountain zebra, Grévy’s zebra, and the plains (or Burchell’s) zebra. Donkeys, horses, and zebras are related to one another. In fact all of these animals belong to a genus called Equus. There are also 2 subgenuses: Dolichohippus and Hippotigris;
  4. On to size matters. Among the 3 zebra species, the one with the largest body is the Grévy one. Its size is 5 feet (or 1.5 meters). This animal has a total weight of 770-990 lbs (or 350-450 kg). The smallest species is the plain zebra. Its weight can reach 770 lbs (350 kg). The size of this species is 3.6-4.8 feet (1.1-1.5 m). Then there’s the mountain zebra with a weight of 529-820 lbs. (240-372 kg). This zebra has a body which can reach 3.8-4.9 feet (116-150 cm);zebra
  5. the habitat of a zebra depends on the species. For instance, the mountain zebras prefer these regions: Angola, Namibia, and South Africa. The Grévy species lives here: northern Kenya and Ethiopia. Finally, the plains zebra has a different habitat: eastern and southern Africa (in the woodlands and grasslands without trees);
  6. the total number of mountain zebras is about 2,000. The population of the Grévy species is made of 2,500 individuals. Another interesting fact is that the plains zebras count a population of approximately 750,000;
  7. the diet of a zebra includes many types of grasses. This makes the animal a herbivore. Apart from grass, zebras feed on these: bark, leaves, and twigs. This mammal also likes herbs and shrubs;
  8. a group of zebras is called a harem. It includes a stallion, which is the group’s leader. Then there are also these: offspring and female zebras. The latter are known as “mares.” The Grévy’s zebra doesn’t live in family groups;
  9. when talking about reproduction, it should be said that zebras mate all year round. There are 12-13 months of gestation. As soon as this ends, the mare gives birth to a baby zebra. Its name is “foal.” The skin of an offspring is covered in white and brown stripes. The foal will recognize its mom’s smell, voice, and sight in about 2-3 days. The weight of an offspring at birth is 55-88 pounds (25-40 kg). A baby zebra is ready to stand up and also walk without help after its mother’s given birth to it. Foals feed on milk. It takes 3-6 years until a zebra reaches full maturity;
  10. these fascinating creatures have a sleeping habit similar to that of horses. Like the latter, a zebra rests while standing up. This makes it easy for the herd to flee if danger’s close by;
  11. another thing to note about zebras is that they talk to each other via barred teeth, snorting, barking, and showing wide-open eyes;
  12. grooming one another is also a common sight when observing these animals. Such a behavior creates deep bonds between individuals;
  13. another interesting fact is that in the wild, zebras can reach an age of about 25;
  14. the Swahili name of a zebra is this: Punda Milia;
  15. in captivity, a zebra can live up to 40 years;
  16. natural predators of zebras are leopards, lions, cheetahs, and hyenas. They also have to avoid hunting dogs;
  17. “Hippotigris” is what the Romans used to call the Grévy’s zebra. This mammal participated in circuses. There, it would pull carts with two wheels during exhibitions;
  18. in case of attacks from a predator, the stallion will remain where it is. The other members of the herd will run away diagonally;
  19. wounded zebras are cared for by individuals in the same group. If there’s an enemy close to a zebra in pain, the herd will make sure the predator leaves;
  20. Native American shamans consider zebras as important symbols. In fact this animal signifies sureness of path, balance, and clarity. A zebra is also a symbol of agility;
  21. 65km/h is the maximum speed a zebra can reach;
  22. the IUCN have the mountain zebra on their vulnerable Red List of Threatened Species. The plains zebra isn’t endangered, but the Grévy’s is.

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