Burchell's zebra

Equus burchellii

Levels of classification

Domain Eukarya: Multicellular or single celled, reproduction, contain a nucleus, protoctists, fungi, plants, and animals

kingdom Animalia: does not contain prokaryotes. heterotrophs

phylum Chordata: complete digestive system, hollow nerve cord, three germ layers

Sub-phylum Vertebrata: Vertebrates, which include fishes, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals The backbone of vertebrates protects the nerve cord and serves as the axis of the internal skeleton

class mammalia: 3 middle ear bones, hair, and the production of milk by modified sweat glands called mammary glands. contains over 5000 species placed in over 26 orders.

Order Perissodactyla: middle toe is larger than the others

Family Equidae: thick-skulled animals, 40-42 teeth,walk on the tips of their toes

Genus Equus: Equus , horses, and zebras

Species: Equus burchellii

General Description

Height: On average, A zebra's shoulder is around 42-61 inches off the ground.

Length: On average, from a zebra's head to the end of it's body its around 75-102 inches

Weight: On average, A zebra weighs 385-950 Pounds or 175-430 KG

Color: The zebra could be black with white stripes or white with black stripes.

Natural Range: Most zebra's are located in Africa but the burchell's Zebra is mostly in the yellow area on the picture of the map.

Diet: Zebra's eat mostly grass, leaves, and twigs.

Habitat Description: Most zebra's live in savanna's or grasslands.

Predators: Zebra's biggest predator is a lion. Zebra's are also hunted by hyenas. To a lesser extent they are hunted by dogs, Leopards, and Cheetahs.

Physical Adaptations

Zebra's have shiny coats that dissipate over 70% of incoming heat. This helps this animal protect its body from getting to hot and dehydrated from the suns rays. The stripes on a zebra are a from of camouflage. Even though you can see them very well in the day time but when it's night time you can hardly see the zebra. A zebra has a very strong and muscular upper jaw. This helps this animal with chewing its food. A zebra can run up too 55 MPH. this can or could help this animal from running away from predators and making sure that they stay with their young.

Behavioral Adaptations

As a baby zebra, if its a girl its mostly stays with its mother but on the other hand if its a male its mostly stays with its father. this helps them learn what to do when their older and learn characteristics. When a foul is born the mother keeps all other zebra's (even family members) away from it for 2 or 3 days, till it learns to recognize its mother by by sight. This helps this animal with learning how to use its senses. As a foul, if its a female it stays where it was born for 18 months, but a male foul stays where it was born for 2 years. this helps this animal not get eaten when its young, so when its around 2 years it starts going out with it's mother or father.

Work Cited

Zebra. (n.d.). Retrieved from Zebra facts website: http://www.outtoafrica.nl/

Colvin, L. and C. Nihranz 2009. "Equus burchellii" (On-line), Animal Diversity
Web. Accessed March 12, 2015 at http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/

Burton, M., & Burton, R. (2002). Zebra. In International wildlife encyclopedia
v.1 (AAR-BAR) (3rd ed., pp. 3009-3011). New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish.