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Zebra
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Scientific Classification
Species

Subgenus: Hippotigris ,

  • E. quagga (Plains zebra)
  • E. quagga quagga (Quagga - extinct)
  • E. quagga burchellii (Burchell's zebra, includes Damara Zebra)
  • E. quagga boehmi (Grant's Zebra)
  • E. quagga borensis (Selous' zebra)
  • E. quagga chapmani (Chapman's zebra)
  • E. quagga crawshayi (Crawshay's zebra)
  • E. zebra (Mountain zebra)
  • E. zebra zebra (Cape mountain zebra)
  • E. zebra hartmannae (Hartman's mountain zebra)

Subgenus: Dolichohippus

  • E. grevyi (Grévy's zebra)


Mountain Hartman Zebra.jpg
Hartman's Mountain Zebra

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Introduction

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Body Design

Detailed photo of the Grevy's Zebra displaying the stripes all over the zebra's body

The body design of a zebra is known to be covered in a pattern of black and white stripes, which are unique to each different zebra.[3] Some may think that the fact that every zebra's stripe pattern is different is so that other zebras can identify each other in the herd. A zebra's size varies on the species but most range between 45-60 inches at shoulder height and range between 7 and 9 feet in length. The largest species of zebra is the Grevy's Zebra and is easily identifiable by its large and rounded ears. The zebra's body shape is symmetrical and is covered in stripes almost everywhere except the underbelly and inner thighs of the zebra. [4] Zebras have large ears and eyes which increases their senses of hearing and sight. The zebra can rotate its own ear to hear and locate sounds without having to move their body towards the sound. The eyes of the zebra give the zebra a wider sense of vision because they are set further back in the zebra's skull. With this optimum sight and hearing zebras can find predators easier and can give themselves more time to escape. [4] The zebra has long slender legs with narrow hooves that allow the zebra to reach speeds of 25 mph. [5]

The skin of a zebra is actually black and is just covered by the white hair on top that comprises the stripes. Unlike horses the mane of a zebra goes straight up and are also striped like the rest of the body. Zebras have long neck and heads which make it easier to feed on grass from the ground. [5] Zebras also have matching incisors to aid in tearing and chewing tough grasses. [4]

Life Cycle

Young Newborn Zebra

Ecology

Range Map of the Plains Zebra

Diet

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Gallery

References

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  3. Basic Facts About Zebras Defenders of Wildlife. Web. Date of last access December 14 2014. Author Unknown
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Zebra Anatomy Animal Corner. Web. Date of last update December 14 2014. Author Unknown
  5. 5.0 5.1 Zebra A-Z Animals. Web. Date of last access December 14 2014. Author Unknown
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