Zebra Facts for Kids

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  • Zebras are herbivores.  Herbivores are animals that eat plants.
  • Zebras are ungulates. Ungulates are a hoofed animals.
  • They are part of the horse family
  • Zebras have excellent eyesight and hearing.
  • There are 3 main species: Plains Zebra, Mountain Zebra and Grevy’s Zebra.
  • Scientific name for a Plains Zebra is Equu Quagga.
  • The plains zebra is the most common type of zebra.
  • The plains zebra live in the plains and grasslands of southern and eastern Africa.
  • The plains zebra have V shaped striped pattern.
  • A plains zebra can be 4.6 ft tall and weight 700 pounds.
  • The average lifespan for a plains zebra is 25 years in the wild and 40 years in captivity.
  • The scientific name for a Mountain Zebra is Equus Zebra.
  • There are two types of  mountain zebras: The hartmann and the cape.
  • The mountain zebras have narrow stripes in the front the stripes get wider as they move toward the back.
  • Mountain zebras live in mountainous country of southwest Africa.
  • Mountain zebras are endangered.
  • Mountain zebras are between 4 ft and 4.5 ft tall and weigh between 570-800 pounds.
  • Mountain zebras are good rock climbers.
  • The scientific name for a Grevy’s Zebra is Equus Grevyi
  • Grevy’s zebras are the oldest type of zebra.
  • Grevy’s zebras live in the grasslands of Ethiopia and northern Kenya.
  • Grevy’s zebras are endangered.
  • Grevys zebras have a short thick neck.
  • Grevy’s zebras has narrow stripes with one long strip that goes down it’s back. They have a white belly.
  • Grevy’s zebras are the biggest.
  • Grevy’s zebra’s are 4 ft to 5.3 ft tall and weigh between 770-990 pounds.
  • Zebras live in herds of up to 1,000. 
  • They can run 40 miles per hour.
  • A baby zebra can run one hour after they are born.
  • Like a human’s fingerprints not two zebra’s have the exact same stripes.
  • A male zebra is called a stallion.
  • A female zebra is called a mare.
  • a baby zebra is called a calf or foals.
  • Zebras eat mostly grasses but sometimes they will eat shrubs, herbs, twigs and leaves.
  • A zebra will run from side to side if it is being chased by a predator.
  • Predators to zebras are lions, cheetahs, hyenas and leopards.
  • When a zebra is attacked other members of it’s herd will not run away, instead they will form a circle and face the predator to help the attacked zebra.
  • Zebras sleep while standing up.
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