Mammal

Zebra

Area: 
Eastern and southern Africa
Habitat: 
Grasslands and semi-deserts
Food: 
Grass and leaves
Size: 
4 to 5 feet tall at the shoulder
Babies: 
Foals can walk just 20 minutes after they are born.
Underneath its hair, a zebra's skin is black.
Striped Horses

 

Zebras are members of the horse family. They have excellent hearing and eyesight and can run at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. Usually the lead male of the herdA group of animals that travels and feeds together., called a stallion, stays at the back of the group to defend against predators, if necessary.

 

When zebras are grouped together, their stripes make it hard for a lion or leopard to pick out one zebra to chase. Different zebra speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent. have different types of stripes, from narrow to wide. In fact, the further south you travel on the African plains, the farther apart the stripes on the zebras get!

 

Zebras communicate with facial expressions and sounds. They make loud braying or barking sounds and soft snorting sounds. The position of their ears, how wide open their eyes are, and whether they show their teeth all send a signal. For example, ears flat back means trouble, or "you better follow orders!"