ZEBRA

(Equus burcheli)

ZEBRA

Distribution:

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The zebra can be found in plains, open spaces and mountains (in Africa).
It has a white head with light brown spots, a white brown face and a white silver or white yellow body with black stripes.

CHARACTERISTICS
No two zebras bear the same stripe pattern. The stripes act as a camouflage mechanism.
Zebra can reach 1,5 m in length and weighs between 200 and 500 kg.

BEHAVIOR
The zebra lives together with the other individuals and form groups. The lion is the main enemy of zebra. Zebra defends herself by running. The way in which the stripes are disposed helps it to get lost in the distance. Thus, the predator won’t have the necessary precision to chase it. If there are many zebras in a group, it will be impossible for the predator to chase them because it will get confused by so many stripes.

DIET
The zebra eats plants, leaves and grass.

REPRODUCTION
The young females can reproduce when they are 2 years old (so, much earlier than males). After mating, the gestation of the female lasts one year. The female gives birth to its foals in 20 minutes. The foal has an extremely rapid evolution, being able to stand up in only 15 minutes and follow its mother after only two hours.

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