Zebra Facts
Zebra Facts

23 Amazing Zebra Facts

James Israelsen
By James Israelsen, Associate Writer
Published May 27, 2022
  • A baby zebra identifies its mother by her stripes, which have a unique pattern.[2]
  • Just one hour after birth, zebra babies are able to run.[4]
  • There are three recognized species of zebra: plain, mountain, and Grevy's. Some experts identify a fourth species, "Hartmann's Zebra," while others classify it as a subspecies of the mountain zebra.[3][6]
  • The name for zebras may trace back to the Latin word equiferus, meaning "wild horse."[6]
  • In addition to their stripes, zebras differ from horses in that their mane is short and sticks up straight.[6]
  • Zebra Teeth
    They wear their teeth down quickly
  • A zebra's teeth grow continuously throughout its lifetime, offsetting the wear of constant grazing.[8]
  • The common name of the zebrafish comes from its five horizontal stripes, which are similar to a zebra's stripes in shape but are usually blue instead of black.[1]
  • All zebra species are native to Africa.[7]
  • Male zebras often spend their adolescence in all-male herds, returning to their original herd when they are ready to mate.[7]
  • There are different theories about why zebras evolved their signature stripes, including to confuse predators, to discourage insects from biting them, or to help regulate their body heat.[7]
  • Zebra herds can travel thousands of miles in any given year in search of fresh grass to eat.[7]
  • As they migrate, zebra herds sometimes join forces with other herds, forming "super herds," which can have population numbers in the thousands.[7]
  • The zebra's stripes may help individuals recognize each other.[7]
  • Zebras are able to eat a wide variety of grasses, unlike many other hoofed mammals that can only eat short grasses.[7]
  • Every zebra's stripes are arranged in a unique pattern, with no two patterns being exactly alike.[4]
  • Zebra patterns

  • Zebras in a herd often form smaller sub-groups consisting of several females, foals, and one dominant male.[7]
  • When fighting over a female zebra, males will bite and kick each other, sometimes doing enough damage to kill.[7]
  • Zebra predators include lions, leopards, hyenas, and cheetahs.[7]
  • Zebra herds respond to a predator by facing the threat together in a semi-circle and trying to drive it off by kicking at it.[7]
  • Zebras grow to be 3.5 to 5 feet tall (1 to 1.5 meters) from shoulder to hoof.[8]
  • Migrating zebras will sometimes form mixed herds with wildebeests and other grazing animals.[8]
  • Zebras groom each other by biting loose hair to pull it off.[8]
  • Zebra milk is similar in consistency to that produced by human mothers.[5]
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