Up until last week the Zebra was my favorite animal. When I was in Zimbabwe their were a lot of Zebra. Thus I learnt a lot of Zebra facts.
Fact 1: Each Zebra has an individual patturn. Much like our fingerprints no 2 Zebra are identical!
Fact 2: A Zebra foal identifies its mother by sight. Thus after birth, mare and foal spend time away from the herd so that the foal can memorize his (or her) mothers stripes. The foal will stay in close proximity to the mare for upto a year!
Fact 3: Despite looking like a horse in drag, male zebra are visious. The alpha stallion will have to defend his harem from young males who are coming of age. These fights involve biting around the head and neck, wrestling and, kicking. If you see an old males face it will be pockmarked with scars. Stallions have also been known to go on the offensive against wild dogs and hyenas that they deem to be a threat.
Fact 4: The stripes are used to confuse predators. When running from a predator the zebra will zigzag. This causes their stripes to blur with the high plains grass.
Fact 5: You cannot ride a Zebra as their back will not support the weight of a human.
Fact 6: If a Zebra falls ill its mane will droop to one side. A healthy Zebra has a punk mohawk mane going on, which looks awesome.
Fact 7: The males can be distinguished from the females by thick muscular necks and lots of scars.
Fact 8: Young stallions branch off and form bachelor herds as they reach maturity.
Fact 9: A Zebra can run up to 35mph!
Fact 10: A Zebra can live for around 25 – 30 years in the wild.
Now that you know some Zebra facts you can go impress your friends with your new found Zebra knowledge. If you are wondering what animal could possibly be better then the Zebra I will tell you. It is the mighty Octopus. I learnt some Octopus facts 2 weeks ago when Jade and I went to the Island Bay Marine Education Center to have a look at one, but that is another story for another day!
Until then how about you enjoy this bonus Zebra picture!