The Zebra - Wanted Poster


Surname: Zebra
Latin name: Equus quagga
class: Mammals
size: 1,7 - 2,5m
mass: 200 - 400kg
Older: 10 - 25 years
Appearance: black-and-white
Sexual dimorphism: No
Nutrition type: Herbivore (herbivor)
food: Grasses, seeds
distribution: Africa
original origin: Africa
Sleep-wake rhythm: diurnal
habitat: Steppe
natural enemies: Cheetah, hyena, lion, leopard
sexual maturity: with 3 - 5 years
mating season: all year round
gestation: 360 - 390 days
litter size: 1 cub
social behavior: Herd animal
Threatened with extinction: Yes
Further profiles of animals can be found in the Encyclopaedia.

Interesting about the zebra

  • Zebras belong to the family of horses. The split into two different types is not so long ago. Both species have been paired up in the recent past (Zebroide).
  • After a one-year gestation period, the zebra usually bears only one foal. This can already run independently shortly after birth. This is especially important as predators can sense the maternal blood lost at birth. In addition, individual zebras are easy prey for a pack of lions.
  • There are three different types of zebras: mountain zebra, grevy zebra and plains zebra. Overall, the total population is estimated at 800,000, of which nearly 700,000 individuals account for the plains zebra.
  • Zebras are pure herbivores. Her menu includes grasses, herbs, flowers and leaves.
  • The purpose of the special fur coloring of the zebra has not yet been clarified beyond doubt. As a camouflage color, the black and white streak color is only partially suitable. However, it is clear that zebras are less stung by parasites because of their fur coloring.
  • Young zebras are growing very fast. Just one year after birth, zebras have reached their final size.
  • Zebras often form together with antelopes, wildebeest and other mating clumps larger herd formations. This reduces the risk of being eaten by a predator.
  • A zebra herd has a strict hierarchy. At the top is always a full-grown male.