Zebra

By: Allyson Martiniello

Introduction

Trot trot stomp! Did you hear that? I think that was the zebra running away from predators. Speaking of zebras let's kick in to some information about zebras. Did you know a zebra could kick a lion to death!!! Are you ready to learn about the zebra? Okay! I hope you have fun on this wild tour with this wild animal!!

Appearance & Classification

First of all, the grevy zebra is a mammal. These majestic animals are about the same size as a regular sized horse. They weigh 770 to 990 pounds!! The grevy zebra is as tall as some grown woman. They are 5.5 feet tall. The grevy zebra is the tallest type of zebra. A lot of people think zebras are just black and white, but did you know zebras are black, white, gray and brown? The color of the zebras skin is actually black with white, gray and brown strips. Zebras don't have fur. T hey have hair. Some interesting body feature are that zebras have their own strips. Also their really long legs that help them run super fast.

Habitat Information

Different types of zebras live in a lot of different places. They mostly in the plains of Africa, but grevy zebras live in the plains of northern and southern Kenya and parts of north east Africa. The weather there is usually dry and hot, except three months a year called " Wet season." There home is very grassy with rocks, dirt and some trees.

Preditor & Prey

Zebras are herbivores but that doesn't mean they don't have predators or enemies. There predators are hyenas, leopards and lions. They protect itself from them by kicking them biting them and running away from them. Zebras can run 25-45 miles per hour!!! Zebras are always alert to watch for predators. Standing side by side they can see in all directions. Now you know the zebras predators but want to learn about what they eat? Good. Zebras prey is all leaves, buds but mostly grasses. Zebras like to graze in the grass a lot. Zebras usually only eat the tips of the grass, with there teeth like scissors they can chomp off the tips of the grass and eat them. They find there food right there in the plains and sometimes under trees to get leaves. A zebra is a herbivore that means it eats stuff like ferns, grasses, leaves and buds.

Fascinating Facts

Here are TEN fascinating facts about zebras


1. Did you know there is no possible way to tame a wild zebra unless you raised at a zoo sense it was a baby.

2. Zebras are up to ten feet from head to tail.

3. These animals don't form permanent bonds or herds .

4. Zebras are the largest species of wild horse.

5. There stripes help them hide from color blind predators.

6. The zebra stripes regulate body temperature.

7. Zebras can survive up to five days without water.

8. They communicate by grunting, braying, squealing and lots of other sounds.

9. Just like human zebras have their own unique fingerprint pattern.

10. You may think it's hard to recognize which zebras which, sense they pretty much all look alike, but there stripes help them recognize each other and no to zebras have the same strip pattern.

Closing

Trot trot stomp! Did you have fun on this wild tour? I hope you learned a lot about the zebra and you want to learn more. There are so many different types of zebras. Maybe next time you will learn about the damaraland zebra. I hope this story made you interested in zebras because it made me interested. Trot trot stomp the suns going down in the Savanna the zebras are a sleep but there always on guard.