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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Some Interesting Information About Zebras

Here are some Zebra facts and statistics:
·Zebras are capable of running 40 mph.
·Live in stable family groups of up to 17 animals headed by a single stallion. Members recognize each other by sight primarily, but also by voice and smell.
·In the wild, Zebras live about 20-30 years. At the zoos, Zebras can live up to 40 years.
·Zebras have shiny coats that dissipate over 70 percent of incoming heat, and some scientists believe the stripes help the animals withstand intense solar radiation.
·The Zebra's black and white stripes are a form of camouflage called disruptive coloration that breaks up the outline of the body.
·The Zebra is the only grazer to have both upper and lower incisors; it can thus snip the grass blade (rather than yanking it out), exposing the tender under grasses for others. The antelope of the plains rely on the zebra to open up the grasslands for them, removing the tough outer layers to expose nutritious parts.
·At first glance Zebras in a herd might all look alike, but their stripe patterns are as distinctive as fingerprints are in man.
·Zebras have their own smile, a bared-teeth grimace that is a greeting and helps prevent aggression.

Equus Grevyi (Grevy's) and Equus Zebra (Mountain Zebra) are endangered; Equus Quagga (Common/Plains Zebra) is not endangered, but population is in decline.

To help conserve the Zebra population:
1. Help protect its habitat and ensure a place for it. Zebras have lost much suitable and expansive enough habitat, due to the rapid expansion of human populations.
2. Aid in the conservation of the wild prey base. Let your elected representatives know your views on protecting endangered species and wild habitats.
3. Humans hunt them for sport and their skins. Please do not buy products made from wild animal parts.
4. Educate everyone about the need to conserve biological diversity, and the predators' unique role in a healthy ecosystem.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Information on Zebras said...

Hello

Cool Fact: The collective term for zebra is a "dazzle of Zebras".

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