|Zebra by Elaine Murphy (Source)|
These are not aggressive animals but will give you a kick to remember if you approach too closely, well in the wild they will. I find it strange that they've never been tamed and domesticated like donkeys and horses, but in a way I'm glad, I like them free.
|Just around the corner from my home.|
Zebras are social animals, staying together in families or harems which may join other groups to form herds, sometimes in the tens of thousands. Their stripes are a bit of a mystery, no one quite knows why they have them and of course there are lots of theories. The stripes are almost like fingerprints, each animals stripe pattern is different even though their overall pattern may be similar for a particular region and herd group.
There are three species of Zebras, the mountain Zebra, the plains Zebra and the Grevy's Zebra.
The former two are horse like while the Grevy's Zebra is more donkey like and has stripes closer together.
|Hartman's Mountain Zebra|
The plains Zebras are the most common of the Zebras in Africa and are found throughout sub Saharan Africa. and are far more water dependent needing to drink every day. Their diet isn't as specific as some of the other grazers that inhabit the great plains and are often the first to appear in areas where vegetation is reappearing. They are peaceful creatures even though rather active and noisy.
These Zebras form harems, with a single male, which is lead by a dominant female who will oppose other females entering the harem, well for a while anyway. Males who do not have their own harems form bachelor groups and then will abduct females from other harems to form their own with whom they mate. Females bear one baby a year who will stay with the group for about a year if male or indefinitely if female.
|Female Zebra with young (Source)|
Now you know a little more about Lee's choice for his A to Z challenge character, the African Zebra. I hope you've enjoyed the challenge and have found interesting posts to read.
Blessings to all Challenge participants and a big thank you to Lee and all the co hosts, Geoff.