Sunday, 26 August 2012

Amazing African Zebras With White Stripes and Zebras With Black Stripes

Why is a zebra a very unique animal in the whole animal kingdom? Is it because it has white and black stripes or is is because a zebra has black and white stripes? Why are zebras different from other animals? While zebras in real sense are quids, these beautiful powerful animals are part of the horse family. All zebras have very excellent hearing. Zebras can detect their enemies from very far and will make them run for their lives. Zebra’s eyesight is one of the best in the animal kingdom and a very powerful weapon while out there in the African savannah lands which are full of predators ready to attack any unsuspecting animal while grazing, drinking or just resting. While members of the horse family there is no doubt that zebras are also perfect runners. Born to be on the move to look for pasture and water for their young ones as well, you get that zebras can run at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour (56 kilometers per hour). While in the wilderness or in the zebra natural habitat and breeding grounds the stallion or the lead male of the herd always remains at the back of the zebra family or the heard in order to defend or deter any zebra attacks against predators if necessary. This is the most important job for the stallion zebra as during any attack the female zebras or the mares and foals or young zebras can be able to run away form any perceived or preemptive attacks of danger.

Is the coat or the skin of the zebra having white with black stripes or the zebra’s skin is black with white stripes?
People have been asking this strange question about zebras. There are many fats relating to the skin and the color about zebras but the best explanation as to whether a zebra has a white stripe or a black stripe is just a question which can be answered by the person looking at the zebra. The question is for example is the glass half full or half empty?
This is one of the most-asked questions about zebras. So why do zebras have white stripes? As far as research about zebras is concerned these beautiful Zebras are concerned zebras are intended to have white coats with black stripes. To some extent you might also find zebras with brown stripes in stead of black stripes as well.  Did you know that all zebras stripes end at their bellies? The zebra stripes also end inside the zebras legs as well.
It is strange how these zebra stripes radiate and hard to figure out the nature and contour of the zebra stripes from far.

 However (there had to be a catch, right?), some zebras are born with genetic variations that make them all black with white stripes, or mostly dark with the striped pattern only on part of their coats. And as it turns out, zebras have black skin underneath their hair. So it kind of depends on how you look at it!

So, why the stripes? They serve as a kind of protection from predators! When zebras are grouped together, their stripes make it hard for a lion or leopard to pick out one zebra to chase. Different zebra species have different types of stripes, from narrow to wide. In fact, the further south on the African plains you travel, the farther apart the stripes on the zebras get!

Zebras are herbivores and feed mostly by grazing on grasses, although they also might browse a bit on the leaves and stems of bushes. They graze for many hours each day, using their strong front teeth to clip off the tips of the grass. Their back teeth then crush and grind the food. Spending so much time chewing wears the zebra's teeth down, so their teeth keep growing all their lives.

There is nothing so spectacular about zebras other than the annual zebra migration which takes place in Africa along the Serengeti plains and the Mara region between Kenya and Tanzania. While going on an animal African safari, you get that among the beautiful animals of Africa, zebras are always the first animals among the wildebeest and other few impalas and gazelles which might join the group and the ones which make the thousands of kilometers from Tanzania to Kenya and then way back to Tanzania. With plenty of rain during the months of April to July and back in September these zebras which are known to be very social animals in the animal kingdom. Very many beautiful zebra pictures have been taken by many people who love zebras just for the sake of adoring these beautiful animals or just because zebras have a nice color. Many people have been inspired by the zebra patterns as a reflection of the beauty of the zebra colors or patterns in our different communities. Many great zebra Oscar wining movies such as Madagascar which has animated zebras as one of the main actors have helped people to learn more about zebras and how the survive in the wilderness as well.

For all those who get the chance to go on an animal safari in Africa, a zebra safari is spectacular as any wildebeest or big five African animal safari. People who love photography will always be as happy to photograph a zebra as it would be to photograph any breath taking animal picture while in its natural habitat due to the fact that while these beautiful mountain or African zebras move in their thousands, the only one good logical reason as to why zebras move in this multitude is because zebras live in families of groups with a stallion just as the African wildebeest and they know when it is the right time to move for greener pastures as the East Africa long rains start. The mares or the male zebras, the baby zebras and the immature male zebras while in the wilderness would always s wander as they wish as they explore their territory while in the move as well. If there is no plenty of green grass for the zebra or food for the zebra is hard to get, the stallions will leave their territories for awhile and travel with the larger herds. 

In a zebra family there are always a few mares and many of the new born baby zebras are born during this annual animal migration which is always a good and spectacular event in many of the Africa’s national parks around the Mara region and the Serengeti in Kenya and Tanzania.

Zebra foals or zebra babies when they are born, the color of the zebra coat is dark brown and white at birth. The African baby zebras can walk just 20 minutes after they are born.  Just like many of the African wild animals out there in the greater animal kingdom, survival for the fittest with many animal attacks taking place at every corner of the African heard and diversity of fauna, the baby zebra first steps in walking are as important to its survival as well as the ability to run the different slopes of the lash green shrubs and scrubs of the African wilderness. Dangerous animals are always on the look out for the young zebras among the week and the isolated animals as a whole which fall prey with ease. Failure to be able to follow the mother zebra is always not an option as the mother zebra also has to follow the zebra heard looking for greener pastures and water to drink as well which might be as exiting and a whole linage of experiences to be learned and to be practices by the book.
It is not whether these zebras which migrate across the national boundaries are related and that’s why they tend to visit their close cousins across the Mara River as zebras tend to live in larger groups as well. These nomadic zebras are just as pastoralist as any pastoralist tribes which move from one place to another in search of water and greened pastures apart from the Grevy's zebra Equus grevyi which is not a nomadic zebra but stays within its natural habitat and does not wonder around in search of water and pasture in distant lands like the migrating zebras of Serengeti.

What triggers the zebras to move is yet a mystery but as a matter of fact, zebras communicate in many forms. While eating, resting walking or just on the move in the African grasslands and plains, these beautiful Zebras do send messages to one another or communicate with their face. Zebras can make very many different facial expressions to express satisfaction, affection, anger grief, happiness and even envy with the rest of the group. Zebras make different sounds to communicate different emotions and to react to the different communication they receive from other zebras as well. While there is little knowledge about the zebra’s sounds much would be done to help understand these animals for the benefit of mankind as a whole.

Only people who have lived with zebras can be able to have a glimpse of what these zebras actually communicate. Many zebra videos which were taken during many African safari visits or different research about zebras give the insight about zebras as a whole. While many people can be able to bark like a dog or meow like a cat, zebras make loud braying or barking sounds. Zebras can as well snort softly or make a whiffing sound all best known to the zebras. While a dog tucks its tail under its hind legs while in fear, the zebras on the other hand while you are out there on an African safari holiday you might have the chance in a close up to see the different body movements of a zebra or the different zebra’s body parts being used to communicate.  While in the wilderness eating, drinking or resting for the zebra, observation is important. Each and every zebra is always on the lookout for any sudden movements of the body language of the rest of the zebra heard.

When the zebra’s ears are flat facing back, this could be a warning for any potential or danger or attack from a dangerous animal such as the African lion, the leopards, the cheetahs and not forgetting the African wild dogs and the spotted brown and spotted African hyenas which could be lingering around and ready to make a meal out of these gentle zebras. While danger can come from anywhere, one of the greatest enemies of zebras is the respected African Nile crocodile which takes or tries to eat any zebra which tries to cross the Mara River as well. The general response from the zebras of the heard of zebras would be to move or follow the rest of the zebra’s family or group. One should not underestimate these animals just because of their looks. For all those who love horses, they are pretty aware as to what a horse kick is. Zebras are very good at kicking. While fighting among zebras takes places, zebras kick one another and these zebra kicks are as dangerous as any attack someone can get.

Zebras have been known to have very strong powerful kicks that can cause serious damage or injury to their predator while on land or while crossing a crocodile infested river or other zebra predator such as like the lion and many of the carnivorous which live in the African continent. While many animals in the wilderness have no grooming facilities while in the wild, animal grooming is as cheaply available as long as there are friendly zebras around. Zebras groom one another whole day or the whole night while they are not eating which is one way of how zebras reinforce their bonds with other zebras in the family or with zebras which are in the heard.

While little dogs puppies and kittens would chase one another during socialization and as a matter the time to learn the different coping and survival tricks while in the wilderness just as the big cats and all animals in the wild, zebras bite one another not for the sheer luck of showing discontentment with other zebras but to groom the other zebra which is by biting or just nibbling the other zebra in order to pull out loose dead hair just to get a scratch where necessary

Facts about Zebras

• Zebras have their own unique stripe patterns and no zebra is in the wild is alike. Every zebra big or small male or female has its own stripes just as people from all ethnic groups have their own different fingerprints.
• Zebras just like other dangerous or big animals like the African elephant, the donkey and other social and wild animals clean themselves using dust or mud baths to get clean. The zebras would shake role in the dirt or mud so as to remove the loose hair and the flaky skin on its body. This is important to ensure that no unwanted pest keep on feeding on the zebras or no parasites are left hanging on the dead shaded hair while the rest of the remaining zebras hair is to help them from the Africans Savannah scorching sun, the dry winds from the African mountains and deserts plains and the different insect species of Africa.
 • Zebras do smile as a matter of fact in their own way. Zebras do smile when they meet other zebras when they show their bared white teeth grimace. This kind of zebra smile is as important for the survival of the zebra species as it is to humans. Zebras smile to bring peace and to greet one another so as to prevent any animal attacks or unwanted fights from within the group or outside the different zebra groups which helps reduce aggression.
• Zebras are very funny strange animals. With not much research still going on about the zebra’s behavior and how they perceive things, it’s strange to note that zebras are always fond of black-and-white stripes. Zebras wherever they are will always like to go where these black and white colors are whether on walls on the road even on buildings or vehicles as these zebras will make all the effort to stand next to the while and black zebra stripes painting.
• Zebra eyes are very good. It is not strange for people to see zebras grazing in the dead of the night when it is pitch black Zebras have a very good eyesight just like any big cats of the African Savannah as well.