African Wildlife - Zebra (Equus Zebra)
The Zebra can reach a height of 1,3 meters and a mass of between
300 and 320 kg. The life expectancy of the Zebra is approximately
You will find Zebras mostly together in large numbers on the
open plains where they feed in close proximity of each other.
The Zebra is a grazer and feeds mostly on short grass. The digestive
system of the Zebra is adapted to gain maximum nutrition from
the coarse grass it eats while at the same time processing a large
quantity of fodder.
The Zebras are very alert animals often able to detect predators
in time to flee from them. Zebra herds stampede in large groups
to make it difficult for individuals to be isolated and caught.
If a Zebra gets isolated and is in trouble of being caught by
a predator, it has one last line of defense. Just before it is
caught it instinctively lets lose with a powerful back kick, often
injuring an inexperienced predator in the process and thereby
surviving the attack.
African Wildlife Paintings by South African Artist