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Unread post by craigsa » Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:24 pm

Besides the obvious how does one tell the difference between a male and female zebra??
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Unread post by Jock » Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:27 pm

By the stripes. A male has a narrow black stripe running vertically between their hind legs; in females the stipe is wide.
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Unread post by Krokodile » Sun Aug 14, 2005 10:40 pm

Got this one in May on the S100

Saw several animals which looked like they'd had a close shave - seemed to be the trip of the maimed beasties!

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Unread post by DuQues » Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:37 pm

Plains Zebra (Equus burchelli)
- Grant's Zebra
- Crawshay's Zebra
- Upper Zambezi Zebra
- Chapman's Zebra
- Damara Zebra
- Burchell's zebra (extinct)
- Quagga (extinct)
Grevy's Zebra (Equus greyvi)
Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra)
- Cape Mountain Zebra
- Hartmann's Mountain Zebra

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Unread post by francoisd » Thu Dec 08, 2005 9:24 am

Below some photos of interesting "deformities" (for the lack of a better word) that we have seen in Zebra. It would be interesting to see photos taken of such conditions by other forum members.

In these 2 photos the lack of a stripe pattern on the animal on the left compared to the other animals in the herd was quite noticeable.
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Unread post by BunduBoi » Thu Jan 05, 2006 2:45 pm

Burchellle's and plains zebra are the same species, hence the scientific name equus burcheli for plains zebra
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Unread post by gwendolen » Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:03 am

Zebra

Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Equidae
Genus: Equus

Zebras (members of the Zebra Family), are native to central and southern Africa. All have vividly contrasting black and white vertical stripes (hence the zebra crossing named after it) on the forequarters, often tending towards the horizontal at the rear of the animal. Originally, most zoologists assumed that the stripes acted as a camouflage mechanism, while others believed them to play a role in social interactions, with slight variations of the pattern allowing the animals to distinguish between individuals. A more recent theory, supported by experiment, posits that the disruptive coloration is an effective means of confusing the visual system of the blood-sucking tsetse fly.

A zebra can travel at a top speed of fifty-five kilometres per hour, slower than a horse. However, it has much greater stamina. During the course of a day the plains zebra can walk around forty kilometres (from its herd, and back again in the evening)

There are three species and many subspecies. Zebra populations vary a great deal, and the relationships between and the taxonomic status of several of the subspecies are unclear.

The Plains Zebra (Equus quagga, formerly Equus burchelli) is the most common, and has or had about five subspecies distributed across much of southern and eastern Africa. It, or particular subspecies of it, have also been known as the Common Zebra, the Dauw, Burchell's Zebra (actually the extinct subspecies, Equus quagga burchelli), and the Quagga (another extinct subspecies, Equus quagga quagga).

The Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra) of southwest Africa tends to have a sleek coat with a white belly and narrower stripes than the Plains Zebra. It has two subspecies and is classified as endangered.

Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi) is the largest type, with an erect mane, and a long, narrow head making it appear rather mule-like. It is a creature of the semi-arid grasslands of Ethiopia, Somalia, and northern Kenya. It is endangered too.

Family Equida
Przewalski's Horse, Equus przewalskii
Domestic Horse, Equus caballus
Donkey or African Ass, Equus asinus
Onager or Asiatic Ass, Equus hemionus
Plains Zebra, Equus quagga
Quagga, Equus quagga quagga (extinct)
Burchell's Zebra, Equus quagga burchelli (rediscovered)
Grant's Zebra, Equus quagga boehmi
Chapman's Zebra, Equus quagga antiquorum
Selous' Zebra, Equus quagga selousi
Mountain Zebra, Equus zebra
Cape Mountain Zebra, Equus zebra zebra
Hartmann's Zebra, Equus zebra hartmanni
Grevy's Zebra, Equus grevyi
(no subspecies)

Source Wikipedia

There was some taxonomic debate over the correct specific name for the plains zebra.

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Unread post by Impisi08 » Thu Apr 27, 2006 4:33 pm

Krokodile wrote:

Saw several animals which looked like they'd had a close shave - seemed to be the trip of the maimed beasties!


I read in the book "Beat about the bush" under the question "why do some zebras have no tail?" that the zebras "with stumpy tails invariably stallions are that have had some part of the tail bitten off by other stallions in fights over mares, or during fights in bachelor herds."

So, according to the writer a lot of times it is not a predator but another zebra!

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Unread post by francoisd » Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:59 am

A Mountain Zebra photographed during our recent trip to Mountain Zebra NP.

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Unread post by Jumbo » Sat Apr 29, 2006 10:56 am

I remember a 50/50 program where a viewer submitted a question asking why zebra always stand next to each other, head to tail. The response was that they keep the flies out of each others faces with their "neighbour’s" tails. :D

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Unread post by Vonnie » Sat Apr 29, 2006 11:05 am

I also saw that programme, Jumbo! And we saw a lot of that behaviour when we went to the Kruger at the beginning of April. Quite clever, the zebbies!
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Unread post by Jock » Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:05 am

On my recent trip into Kruger last week I was amazed at how few zebra we saw. We stayed in the South of the park, not going any higher then Skukuza. Has any other forumites noticed this and does anyone know were they have gone? Do they move north in winter? I love seeing zebra and most days we only saw a few zebra.
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:11 am

I realised and noted the exact same. I remember in the old days the used to migrate from the Satara region to the Croc Bridge region. Whether this is the case now, I wouldn't be able to tell.
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Unread post by Johann » Wed Jun 07, 2006 12:57 pm

Have seen reports recently of zebra and wildebeest busy 'migrating' to the south. Also didn't see one zebra or wildebeest in the Berg-en-Dal - Afsaal area in March during a weekend trip.
I know that in early spring there are usually herds of big numbers to be found on the H10.

Later in summer they then tend be more to the north, in the Satara region.
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