A “zebra” is a large, herbivorous mammal that belongs to the Equidae family, which also includes horses and donkeys. Zebras are known for their distinctive black and white striped coat patterns.
The term “zebra” is believed to have originated from the Portuguese word “zebra,” which means “wild ass.” It was borrowed from the Italian word “zèvra,” derived from the Old Spanish “çebra.”
- Striped horse
- Wild ass
A unique example of a zebra is the Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi), which is the largest and most endangered species of zebra. It has narrower stripes, a more horse-like body, and is found in semi-arid regions of East Africa.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Why do zebras have stripes?
The exact purpose of zebra stripes is still debated among scientists. Proposed explanations include camouflage from predators, temperature regulation, social recognition among zebras, and repelling biting insects.
Do zebras live in groups?
Yes, zebras are social animals that often live in groups called “dazzles” or “herds.” Living in groups helps provide protection from predators and allows for mutual grooming, social interactions, and shared vigilance.
What is the habitat of zebras?
Zebras are native to various habitats in Africa, including grasslands, savannas, and woodlands. They are well adapted to these diverse environments and are often found in close proximity to other herbivorous animals.
Can zebras be domesticated like horses?
Zebras have not been successfully domesticated to the same extent as horses and donkeys. While there have been some attempts, zebras retain many of their wild instincts and behaviors, making them more challenging to train and work with.
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