Saturday, December 8, 2007
The stripes of a zebra may make it difficult for predators to identify a single animal from a running herd and distort distance at dawn and dusk. Zebras are social animals that spend time in herds. They graze together, primarily on grass, and even groom one another. Plains (Burchell's) zebras are the most common species. They live in small family groups consisting of a male, several females, and their young. These units may combine with others to form awe-inspiring herds thousands of head strong, but family members will remain together in the herd. Zebras must be constantly wary of lions and hyenas. A herd has many eyes alert to danger. If an animal is attacked, its family will come to its defense, circling the wounded zebra and attempting to drive off predators.