When trying to locate another zebra, zebras make a high-pitched noise that sounds similar to a barking dog. When looking for a mate, zebras bray much like a donkey does. Zebras can also make snorting and whickering noises like a horse.
A:Zebras living in seasonally dry areas migrate annually, but in areas where food is abundant, zebra populations stay in place year round. The annual migration of more than 300,000 zebra and about 1.5 million wildebeest is a big tourist draw in parts of Africa, especially in Tanzania and Kenya.
A:No zebra has the same set of stripes, according to Find Fast, Facts About Zebras. The Jungle Store explains that there are three species of zebra; and, they include the mountain zebra, plains zebra and Grevy's zebra. Find Fast states that the word zebra comes from the word zevra, which is an Old Portuguese word that means "wild ass." Zebras have very sharp senses, and they sleep while standing up.
A:Zebras in Africa occupy the large, mammalian herbivore niche in the wild. They primarily consume grasses, weeds and sedges, but they will also eat other types of vegetation such as leaves, fruit and tubers. Zebras have a number of predators that hunt them, including lions, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs.
A:When trying to locate another zebra, zebras make a high-pitched noise that sounds similar to a barking dog. When looking for a mate, zebras bray much like a donkey does. Zebras can also make snorting and whickering noises like a horse.
A:Zebras are members of the horse family, Equidae, and of the genus Equus. Their nearest living relatives are horses and donkeys. More distant relatives in the order Perissodactyla include tapirs and rhinos.
A:A zebra in the wild lives for about 25 to 30 years, while a zebra at a zoo can live for up to 40 years. Wild zebras must contend with predators such as humans, lions and hyenas. They also do not get services such as medical treatment that zoos provide.
A:Zebras, best known for their black and white stripes, are herbivorous social animals that like to travel in groups. Zebras engage in mutual grooming behavior and travel at a pace that accommodates the elderly, infirm and young.
A:The gestation period of a zebra varies based on the species of the animal in question, but most zebras give birth after at least 360 days. In some species, such as the Grevy's zebra, gestation lasts as long as 438 days.
A:A female zebra is called a mare. Zebra herds have a dominant mare who leads the other mares and their foals. African Wildlife Detective states that an alpha mare defends her right to dominance by fighting and aggressive gestures.
A:Zebras make a variety of noises to communicate including sounds that sound like barking, braying noises and snorting. Zebras are very social and communicate with not only noises, but facial expressions and ear movements.
A:The weight of a zebra depends on the animal's species, sex and age. The plains or Burchell's zebra, the most common species, can weigh up to 849 pounds (385 kilograms). This makes zebras somewhat smaller than an average saddle horse but larger than wild asses such as the onager.
A:According to Encyclopædia Britannica, a zebra spends a significant portion of its day eating limitless amounts of grass in order to accommodate its digestive system, which is less efficient than that of ruminants. Grazing exposes the zebra to predation, but it can survive eating low-quality grasses during times of drought.
A:Zebras have stripes to repel bugs, such as biting flies. A research team from the University of California found that biting flies that normally attack animals like zebras avoid the black and white stripes.
A:Once a zebra mare begins labor, zebra foals are born swiftly from either a standing or prone position. Because zebras are under constant threat of predators in the wild, zebra foals are born fully developed and are able to stand within a few minutes and walk within 15 minutes. Within an hour, a zebra foal is capable of running.
A:Zebras are considered black with white stripes, because their pattern is determined by pigment inhibitors that stop the black pigment that is natural to their skin from producing black fur in some areas. Also, zebras have dark skin underneath their fur.