Fun and Amazing Interesting Facts about Zebras
With a unique identification of their black and white striped bodies, this makes zebras very beautiful animals.
Like humans have different fingerprints for each individual, no zebras share the same strip patterns with any other and they are very social animals that stay in small groups to larger groups called herds.
Zebras are closely related to horses but they’re not of the same species. However they are in the same family called “Equidae” and they can even breed with each other.
Unlike their closest relatives; that’s to say: Horses and donkeys, Zebras are never domesticated.
Below are some of the interesting facts about Zebras:
Zebras are very peaceful animals and indeed are quiet most of the times, but they have a range of different noises they make that are similar to those horses make and other are unique to them alone. They use these for communication, alerts and so on.
Zebras are very speedy animals. While galloping in the plains, they can run up to a speed of 65 kph. With such a speed it’s quite easy for them to outrun predators.
The black and white body cover of a Zebra helps them in keeping their body temperature constant. How?
The white stripes do reflect off sunshine heat whereas the black stripes do absorb in some heat. This means they don’t absorb so much heat in them compared to other animals.
Do you know what a group of Zebras is called?
It’s called a Dazzle. Can also be called a herd or a Zeal of Zebras.
Just like horses do, Zebras sleep while standing and this does happen in safety of their fellows.
Zebras are very social animals.
They love and protect themselves so as to remain in a Zeal. Once a member is attacked by a predator, they can encircle the predator so as to save their member.
A Zebra feeds almost on entirely grass, but may occasionally eat shrubs, herbs, twigs, leaves and bark.
A Female Zebra matures faster than the Male do. A female may give birth to its first foal at the age of 3. Males are not able to breed till they are 4 or 5 years old.
In most cases, a Female will give birth to a single foal.
Mother Zebra goes through a gestation period of 11 to 12 months and a foal is born.
Shortly after birth, a foal will be able to walk and and run around. Just like horses are. Baby Zebra will come white and brown at birth and as it keeps growing it begins turning to white and black.