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Re: Zebra

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:04 pm

Ice, no that's pure myth.
It's mainly due to protection with numbers! During the great migration between Kenya and Tanzania you have millions of gnus in enormous herds with a few thousand zebras mixed with them. The safety of a single is close to guaranteed for the zebras!
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Re: Zebra

Unread post by Jock » Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:54 am

Working with horses which are so much like zebra's I can tell you there is nothing wrong with their hearing. In fact, I would say their hearing is better than their eye sight, often hearing things and then looking. The interesting fact is they have to lift their heads to see close, and keep their heads low to see far.
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Re: Zebra

Unread post by granjan » Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:26 pm

We had a strange experience in February near Satara. We came across a small foal alone and when we stopped, the foal trotted towards us and rubbed itself against the car [which was white]. The foal had obviously lost its mother but was so persistent in rubbing against the car that we couldn't move without risk of hurting it. We didn't want to touch it, in case its mother did turn up, but in the end we had to push it away from the car. It galloped after us for two hundred yards or more before giving up!! Was it the fact that the car was white that convinced this poor little animal that we were its mother.
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Re: Zebra

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:08 pm

Very interesting experience that must of been! :shock:
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Re: Zebra

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Thu May 06, 2010 11:52 am

Interesting RP......im sure it must have something to do with the young be lost, lonely and desperate..I tyhink the colour of the car might not even be a part of the reason, but rather of the car just being the next big mobile object for the lost young to hang around...Being so young, they might not be so wise as to what humans or vehicles are really :? :D
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Re: Zebra

Unread post by esto » Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:58 pm

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Re: Zebra

Unread post by BushFairy » Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:00 pm

Beautiful pic esto!! Simply stunning!!

Here is one of a Cape Mountain Zebra in MZNP - taken early in the morning and it was only 2 degrees so they were all puffy and standing in the sun!! This foal was absolutely adorable!!

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Re: Zebra

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:05 pm

Esto and Bushfairy :clap: :clap: :clap:

what stunning pictures of a magnificent animal. 8) Your images have reminded us of just how striking they are.

Bushfairy, I must admit to thinking that the Mount Zebra "Zebra" have a very special charm.. they do have a gentleness and unique beauty about them.
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Re: Zebra

Unread post by Jungle Junkie » Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:22 pm

We saw this baby Zebra near Satara, it was rubbing its face against it's mothers back quite a lot and also had it's front legs on her back..
We thought all the hair had rubbed off its face?

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Migration of Zebras

Unread post by Bennievis » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:30 am

We saw hundreds of Zebra on the move off the H10 between Lower-Sabie and Tshokwane (in a south easterly direction). There were quite a number of Blouwildebeest amongst them as well. It seems to be a mini migration. Where were they going to?

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Re: Migration of Zebras

Unread post by Weltenman » Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:32 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:Interesting!

I wonder if a study has been done in the last 35 years or so on migration patterns in Kruger. If so it would make fascinating reading.



I guess this would be new, maybe it would have to do with the rainy period the KNP has had over the last decade or so, maybe it is the extra land available and the fact that there isn't any fences on the eastern boundary anymore?
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Re: Migration of Zebras

Unread post by ndloti » Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:45 pm

The area to the west of Mlondozi that Bennievis describes had since the recording of the history of the area been a gathering area for animals that are assumed to instinctively migrate towards the escarpment in the west where water occurs throughout the dry winter season , sadly no longer possible due to the KNP western boundary fence and human population expansion .
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Re: Migration of Zebras

Unread post by yoda » Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:49 pm

I have read about this. Can't remember where off hand as I am at work. Will have to check my books this evening.

Apparently Zebra move between the Satara area and Lower Sabie/Croc Bridge twice a year. They move South East during winter and then back North West during the wetter months. I think it has something to do with the various veld types, and the palatibility of the grass in the 2 regions.

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Re: Zebra

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:13 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:I wonder if Zebra can get mange, a form of mites.
Yes, they can, and this from Jock, its a form of grass mange I think she said, usually caused from eating wet grass.

We have seen several cases of this before and it most probably itches hence the rubbing of its face.

Now a question which is confusing me, is the Burchell's Zebra, the one we see in Kruger the same as the Plains and now also called Common Zebra?
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Re: Zebra

Unread post by Imberbe » Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:08 pm

You have a couple of different species of zebra in Southern Africa, and there are some discussion amongst scientist as to exact classifications. The following seems to be the current situation:

Mountain Zebra: Equus zebra - divided in to two subspecies.
- Cape mountain zebra - Equus zebra zebra - Originally found in North, East and West Cape, today in i.e. Mountain Zebra NP.
- Hartmanns mountain zebra - Equus zebra hartmannae - Found in Namibia with small populations in the Northern cape and South Angola.

Plains zebra - Equus quagga - Northern SA, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, North Botswana, South Angola. The one found in Kruger. Some may refer to them as the common zebra.

Now for the confusion. The Plains Zebra was previously classified as Equus Burchelli and known as the Burchell's zebra. It was seen as the same as the zebra found in East Africa. The two have however been split, and today the zebras found in East Africa are known as Burchell's Zebra.

There are discussions whether the extinct quagga was not merely a form of the plains zebra. It seems more and more are thinking that way.
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