Habitat: treeless grassland, open woodlands, and wetlands</li></li></ul><li>APPEARANCE<br />The distinctive stripes of the zebra run diagonally and lengthways on the rump and continue on to the belly.<br />On the rump there are usually chestnut or yellowish "shadow" stripes in the middle of the white stripes. <br />Like human fingerprints and irises, each individual has a unique stripe pattern.<br />
BEHAVIOR <br />Stallions fight viciously for control of females. <br />If threatened by predators, herds flee in tight bunches. Herd stallions defend their groups by running in the rear as they flee, kicking and biting attackers. <br />The contrasting black and white stripes may help to confuse predators. <br />DIET<br />Zebras prefer short, green grass but will eat tall, coarse growth. <br />The zebra is less sensitive to food quality than other large herbivores and can maintain good body condition on very poor food conditions.<br />
SOUNDS<br /> Zebras communicate with each other with high pitched barks and whinnying. <br />Other methods of zebra communication include facial expressions and body movements.<br />
REPRODUCTION<br /> Single foals weighing 60-70lbs are born at any time of year after a gestation of 360-390 days. Foals can stand after about 10 minutes, start eating grass within a few days, and wean at 11 months.<br /> At the moment of birth, a mother zebra keeps any other zebra away from her foal, including the stallion, the other mares and even the previous offspring. Later though they would all bond.<br />
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