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Every zebra has a unique pattern of stripes.

African ZebraA zebra's stripes are much like our finger prints; no two zebras are the same. Wildlife biologists believe that the combined stripes of a herd of zebras help to protect them from predators. When they are running away from an attacking lion, the movement of so many stripes makes it more difficult for the lion to focus on any one animal.

African ZebraThe Grant's zebra lives in family groups lead by a single male (stallion), but when moving across the savanna to new feeding areas, a dominant female (mare) leads the way.

The zebra is able to survive eating tougher grasses that many other species of animals are unable to digest. As it feeds on these grasses, the zebra opens up the grassland benefiting other animals like gazelles that are looking for more tender vegetation growing closer to the ground.

Photo Caption: Grant's Zebra
Equus burchellii boehmi
Status: Least Concern


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