#AtoZChallenge: Zebra – Did You Know…

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… That zebras have different kind of stripes? We all probably know already that no zebra is alike when it comes to the pattern of its stripes. Similar to our finger print each zebra has a unique pattern of stripes. Also we all know that the question if a zebra is white with black stripes or black with white stripes can’t really be answered. It’s more a thing of how you look at it, right?

Here are some fun facts about zebras and their stripes:

 

  •  Zebras are highly social, and will only go to sleep if they are close to neighbors so that they can be warned if a predator approaches. They also prefer to graze together and will groom each other.
  • Zebras are brave animals that care deeply about their group members. When a group member is wounded by a predator attack, other zebras will come to its defense, circling the injured individual and attempting to drive the predator(s) away.
  • Mother zebras are very caring and protective mothers. Infant zebras (foals) are able to stand, walk and suckle shortly after birth, and will continue to drink their mother’s milk for the first year of life.
  • All zebras are close to their mothers, but males also form strong bonds with their fathers.
  • Zebras communicate with each other through various vocal expressions including sniffing and balking, but also through the position of their ears and tail. They can turn their ears in almost any direction and harness this ability to communicate their mood, for example pulled backwards when angry, or standing erect when calm and friendly.
  •  Zebra can run up to 65km/h. They combine this fast running with excellent stamina and zig-zagging motions to try and evade predators that chase them.
  • Although they may appear to be badly camouflaged, when they are in a herd the zebra’s distinct stripes merge into a big mass and make it hard for predators to single out individual animals.
  • Massive herds consisting of tens of thousands of zebras perform one of the world’s most awe-inspiring migrations across the Serengeti plains.
  • In Native American shamanism, the zebra is the symbol of balance, agility, clarity without filters, and sureness of path.
  • Zebras’ stripes are associated with harmony in some cultures. The black and white blending and balancing of opposites mimics the Eastern yin-yang symbol

 

Inspired by the A-Z Challenge, which comes to an end for this year. It was the first time I participated in it and I have enjoyed it a lot. Looking forward to the next round in a year 🙂

 

11 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Zebra – Did You Know…

  1. Embryological evidence showed that zebras are black. The white stripes are an addition. Why exactly they are striped is unclear. Hypotheses, however, range from reasons of camouflage to the stripes enabling them to identify their herd. Another hypothesis suggests that the stripes serve as a protection from the tsetse as well as the horsefly. Experiments showed that horseflies do not like stripe patterns.

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  2. Very informative. I especially liked the image demonstrating the different stripes identifying the kind of zebra it is. I’ve never paid attention to that before!

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