Zebra

Describe the animal.

The zebra has a really distinctive black and white striped coat that are like fingerprints; No two are alike. They’re structure can be compared to that of a horse or a donkey. There is two prominent African Zebra species and they are Plains Zebras and Grevy’s Zebra, and they show different behavior traits.

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How is it born? How does the mother care for it’s young?

Gestation takes about 12-13 months and zebra foals are born with brown and white stripes. Mares generally keep all other zebras away for 2-3 days until her foals recognize her by sight, voice and smell.

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How does it get food? What does it eat?

Zebra get their food on their own. They are herbivores and they primarily eat a variety of grasses and also shrubs, twigs, leaves and bark.

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Where does it live, and what are some of its habits?

Zebras have a wide range from east and southern Africa and usually live in treeless grasslands and savannah woodlands. They are highly gregarious animals that live in groups of about 1000 individuals, they sleep standing up, they live up to 20 years and weigh an average of 770 pounds.

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Who are it’s enemies, and how does it defend itself?

Enemies of the zebra include lions, cheetahs, hyenas, leopards and humans. They defend their self by being in large groups, which scare the prey and they bark at other members of their family to warn them about the prey approaching.


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