interesting facts about zebras

October 20, 2009 | In: Animal facts for kids

There are three different species of zebras – Plains Zebra, Grevy’s Zebra and Mountain Zebra, only Plains Zebra and Mountain Zebra have subspecies.

Every zebra has a unique pattern of stripes.

Zebras are capable of running up to 40 miles per hour.

In ancient Rome Grevy’s zebras were called hippotigris and trained to pull carts for the circus.

In the wild, zebras live about 20-30 years; up to 40 years at zoos.

Mountain zebras are expert climbers. Mountain zebras at South Africa and Namibia are known to reside at an elevation of 2000m above sea level.

Burchell’s zebra is named after the British explorer, William John Burchell.

It is not possible to race on a zebra as there would be a risk of breaking its back. The backs of most horses have a very deep arch making a comfortable fit for the saddle where as the zebra’s back is more level.

Zebra camouflage works because lions are color-blind.

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