Raila the zebra

common nameconservation status
 Common zebra or plains zebra Near Threatened (NT)
scientific namesize
Equus quagga 1,1-1,45 m (3.6-4.8 ft)

2,17-2,46 m (7.1-8.1 ft)

Equidae 175-385 kg (386-849 lb)
Perissodactyla An average of 25 years
class gestation period
Mammalia360 days
 population diet
500,000 approx.Grasses
Plains and savannahFrom the south of Ethiopia along the east of Africa, and as far south as Angola and the east of South Africa.

Did you know...


Opposite to what is generally believed, the background color of zebras is black and its stripes, white.



Its fur serves as a repellent, deterring flies, horseflies and other insects. The white and black stripes are visually not attractive to these animals. It also serves as camouflage to help it hide from predators, like the lions, which are color-blind.



When they feel threatened by a predator, zebras form a semicircle to watch it and attack it if necessary. Teamwork is important to these animals.



When running away from a predator, they reach high speeds (up to 65 km/h or 40 mph) in a zigzag motion. This often confuses their predators.



Zebras can sleep standing up, they don’t need to lay down. They often rest their heads on each other’s bodies to be safer.



They have excellent eyesight, with eyes on the sides of their head to give them a wide field of view, and have a good vision in the dark.


They live in family groups with a stallion and several mares with their offspring. These groups get together in herds with other species, especially wildebeests and other antelopes.



The main danger for these animals is the loss of their habitat due to the cattle industry and the competition for water with livestock. Also the hunt for their fur.



The stripes are unique to each individual. The same way there are not two human fingerprints exactly alike, zebras have different fur patterns.



Zebras communicate with each other in different ways. With the position of their ears, facial expressions with eyes and mouth, and with sounds.



Its main predators are lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas. They usually run away from them, but if they see themselves forced to face them, they can use a powerful kick that can seriously injure their hunters.



There are three species of zebra and six subspecies of common zebra, one of them already extinct.



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