All three species of zebras are herbivorous and mostly eat grasses. Zebras also feed on shrubs, leaves, bark and herbs.Know More
All three species of zebra feature black and white stripes and live in Africa. The plains zebra and the mountain zebra resemble horses, while the Grevy's zebra is related to the ass.
Grevy's zebras live in semi-desert areas. Tough grasses form the bulk of this endangered zebra's diet. They also eat plenty of leaves, which can sometimes form up to 30 percent of their diet.
There are two types of mountain zebra: Cape mountain zebras, which were almost hunted into extinction in the early 20th century, and the Hartmann's mountain zebra. They both eat a few types of grass, ignoring others. Themeda triandra, Cymbopogon plurinodis and Setaria neglecta are a few varieties they prefer. During the summer months Cape mountain zebras, found only in South Africa, regularly visit mineral licks.
Plains zebras, or Burchell's zebras, are the most common zebra in Africa. They live throughout southeast Africa with some living as far north as Ethiopia and others as far south as South Africa. Plains zebras' diets consist almost entirely (90 percent) of short grasses like Themeda triandra, Cenchrus ciliaris and Cynodon dactylon. The rest of their diet is comprised of herbs, twigs and leaves.Learn more about Zebras
The remaining species of zebras live in habitats that include coastal hills, savannas and semi-arid grasslands, mountains and woodlands. Many zebra habitats, as of 2014, are shrinking due to farming and ranching expansion.Full Answer >
Although zebras and horses both belong to the family equus and have interbred successfully, zebras have never been truly domesticated and are more physically similar to donkeys than horses. Both can snicker and snort, but zebras bray when horses whinny. Zebras can behave unpredictably and aggressively, are not built for riding and are immune to tsetse fly bites, and they also have a distinctive striped coat.Full Answer >
Although the idea of zebras not getting ulcers was popularized in a book titled "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" by Robert Sapolsky, zebras can, in fact, get ulcers. In equines, which includes zebras, ulcers are mainly caused by an excess of stomach acid due to restricted grazing.Full Answer >
Male zebras are called stallions. Females are called mares, and young zebras are called foals. In zebra herds, stallions alert the herd to predators and serve as guardians.Full Answer >