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International Zebra Day

Zebras, like many other animals, also have their celebration. We celebrated them on January 31. Thanks to their coloration, these animals are among the most recognizable in the world. In the wild, they can be found in the steppe areas and savannah of Southeast Africa.

Zebras, although widely known, can be full of surprises. Not everyone knows that to read the mood of these animals you should watch their ears. Zebras can turn them either way, “talking” to the rest of the herd. And when they feel threatened and run away from predators, they run in a zigzag fashion. Their fast run can reach speeds of up to 65 km / h. It is fast enough to get ahead of predators like lions. Interestingly, foals can run with the herd within a few hours of being born. Few people also know that zebras are big sleepers and can sleep even standing up.

Zebras are known mainly for their black and white striped torso. These strips are like fingerprints – each one is unique. Foals recognize their mothers by the streak pattern and smell. There are three different species of zebra: Striped zebra, Mountain zebra, and Steppe zebra. Zebras are closely related to horses, but they are not the same species. Both, however, belong to the equine family.

One of the most unusual phenomena in the natural world is the annual migration of almost 3,000 kilometers of millions of these animals.