Mountain Zebra's By: karlee pierce

Equus zebra

Mountain zebras are single-hoofed animals that are native to Africa. Zebras are closely related to horses and donkeys; they are in the same genus, Equus. The most prominent feature of zebras is the bold patterns on their fur.

Mountain zebra habitat are mostly Found on mountain slopes and plateaus. Cape mountain zebras occur up to 2,000 meters above sea level, but move to lower elevations in the winter.

Both subspecies of mountain zebra are predominately diurnal, and are mostly moving in the morning and late afternoon till dawn (2) (4). The herbivorous diet mainly consists of grass but also includes leaves and bark, and individuals of all ages also visit mineral licks, particularly during the summer.

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Equus zebra is a large-sized, striped member of the horse family. Adult mountain zebras have a head and body length of 210 to 260 cm, and a tail length of 40 to 55 cm. Shoulder height ranges from 116 to 150 cm. Mountain zebras weigh between 240 and 372 kg.The ground color on the body is white, with black to deep brown stripes which continue through the short, erect mane. The stripes on the head and body are thin and more numerous than those on the rump, and the legs are striped to the hooves.

Mountain zebras have a polygynous mating system. They form small breeding herds that consist of one adult stallion and 1 to 5 mares with young. Breeding herds remain stable over many years and mares usually remain in a herd for life

Baby zebra's

Every zebra has a unique pattern of black and white stripes.There are a number of different theories which attempt to explain zebra's unique stripes with most relating to camouflage. Most wild zebras live in Africa.

A zebra's stripes act like an equine fingerprint - each individual’s pattern is unique. Foals recognise their mothers by the pattern of their stripes, as well as by scent and call.

http://www.arkive.org/mountain-zebra/equus-zebra/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TicTX8YYoKY

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Created with images by Kabacchi - "Hartmann's Mountain Zebra - 06" • Yolanda - "south africa wild nature" • BPBricklayer - "zebra zebra crossing wild animal" • Ruth and Dave - "Zebras" • nike159 - "kenya africa safari" • belgianchocolate - "zebra" • gchampeau - "Zebra" • MonikaP - "zebra uganda africa" • Calsidyrose - "Faux Zebra Stripes"

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