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Zebra in Africa: Are African equines with distinctive black-and-white striped coats. Zebra stripes come in different patterns, unique to each individual. Several theories have been proposed for the function of these stripes, with most evidence supporting them as a form of protection from biting flies.
There are three extant species:
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SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION OF ZEBRA IN AFRICA.
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- 250 TO 300 KILOGRAMS (550 TO 700 POUNDS).
- ABOUT 1.5 METERS IN HEIGHT (ABOUT 4.5 FEET).
- 20 YEARS IN THE WILD; UP TO 40 IN CAPTIVITY.
- LIONS, CHEETAHS, HYENAS, HUNTING DOGS, LEOPARDS, HUMANS.
Challenges Facing Zebras populations.
1. Hunting for Zebras Persists.
Especially severe in the northern half of their range, over-hunting poses a serious danger to zebra populations. They are hunted for their meat and their distinctive skins.
2. Habitat Loss and Competition with Livestock Threaten Zebras.
Habitat loss due to human encroachment, agricultural practices, and livestock grazing remains an issue in the ongoing conservation of this species. These problems seem to be especially prevalent in the southern half of their range and account for much of recent population decline.
Solutions to Challenges Facing Zebras Populations.
Promote Sustainable Livestock Management.
In Kenya, communities have improved their livelihoods through a partnership with Ol Pejeta Conservancy, financεd by African Wildlifε Foundation. Thε Linking Livεstock Markεts to Consεrvation initiativε links pastoralists to prεmium livεstock markεts and providεs high pricεs to pastoralists who adhεrε to consεrvation critεria, thεrεby rεducing ovεrstocking, rangεland dεgradation, and rεsourcε compεtition for wildlifε.
Set aside Safe Space for Wildlife.
AWF works with governments and communities to designate wildlife corridors large swaths of land that zebras can use to from one park, or country, to another. Corridors link protected areas and allow wildlife to follow rains or migrate to their feeding grounds.
Behaviors of Zebra in Africa.
They have Harems.
They live in small family groups called “harems.” These groups consist of one stallion, several mares, and their offspring. Harems generally remain together for months or even years, making it an incredibly stable family unit.
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They Travel regularly.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of zebras gather up their young and begin the long journey from Tanzania, Serengeti plains. North to Kenya. This annual trek to find food and water covers a distance of around 2,900 Km (1,800 miles) and exposes them to a myriad of dangers.
They are not Picky Eater.
Unlike many ungulates in Africa, zebras do not require short grass to graze. Instead, they eat a wide variety of different grasses, sometimes even eating leaves and young trees. As a result, they can range more widely than many other species, often venturing into woodlands. They are considered to be “pioneer grazers” – preparing plains for more specialized grazers who rely on short, nutritional grasses.
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