The next is a very difficult question: do you think the zebra is white with black stripes or black with white stripes? I have the answer: zebras are actually black with white stripes!
According to scientists, this is because, early in pregnancy, the zebra baby is completely black. Just like our fingerprints, each zebra has a unique pattern of stripes. Zebras are relatives of horses. They have excellent hearing and vision and can run at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour.
- There are 3 species of zebras: the Grevy’s zebra, the common zebra and the mountain zebra.
- Zebras live in Africa, in groups led by an adult male called a stallion. When the zebras are grouped together they look like a huge animal; the stripes make predators such as the lion or leopard confused when choosing a single zebra to attack.
- Zebras communicate with sounds and facial expressions. Their vocalizations consist of braying and neighing. When the zebra moves its ears back and shows its teeth, it is indicating that it is very angry.
- Like horses, zebras sleep standing up. This allows them to evade their predators when attacked.
- Zebras are herbivores, eating mainly grass. They are also known to eat bushes, branches, leaves, and bark.
- At birth, the young are brown with white stripes. Like horses, they are able to stand, walk and drink their mother’s milk shortly after birth. Female zebras care for their young for a year.
- Zebras can live up to 25 years in the wild.