A zebra weighs between 440 and 990 pounds, and is 3.5 to 5 feet tall at the shoulder, according to National Geographic. In the wild, zebras live about 25 years.
The most distinctive feature of a zebra is the stripes. While scientists are unsure as to why zebras have stripes, they believe the stripes help to camouflage the animals from predators. Other theories hold that the stripes help zebras recognize each other, or they help keep insects at bay who are looking for large pieces of solid-colored fur. The stripes may also act as a type of sunscreen. Each zebra's stripes are unique, with no two being alike in every way.