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No animal has a more distinctive coat than the zebra. Each animal's stripes
are as unique as fingerprints—no two are exactly alike—although each of
the three species has it's own general pattern.
Why do zebras have stripes at all? Scientists aren't sure, but many theories
center on their utility as some form of camouflage. The patterns may make
it difficult for predators to identify a single animal from a running herd
and distort distance at dawn and dusk. Or they may dissuade insects
that recognize only large areas of single-colored fur or act as a kind
of natural sunscreen. Because of their uniqueness, stripes may also
help zebras recognize one another.
Zebras are social animals that spend time in herds. They graze together
together, primarily on grass, and even groom one another.
Plains (Burchell's) zebras are the most common species. They live in
small family groups consisting of a male (stallion), several females,
and their young. These units may combine with others to form awe-
inspiring herds thousands of head strong, but family members
will remain close within the herd.
Zebras must be constantly wary of lions and hyenas.A herd has many eyes
alert to danger. If an animal is attacked, its family will come to its defense,
circling the wounded zebra and attempting to drive off predators. -Nat-Geographic
Type: Mammal
Average Life Span in the Wild: 25 yrs
Size: 3.5 to 5 ft (1.1 to 1.5m)
Weight: 440 to990 lbs (200 to 450 kg)
Group Name: Herd

Size relitive to a
6 ft (2m)man:
Zebra - Equus burchellii
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