Mountain zebra

The Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra) has a body length of 2.2m, and the shoulder length goes at approximately 1.3m and the tail, that never-forgotten tail (never forgotten by the kids), it is .5m. Equus Zebras' coats are marked by white and black stripes, and the stripes are quite close at the torso and neck areas. Legs of a typical zebra has stripes that are made up of horizontal bands. Spine of the Equus Zebra and its upper tail are decorated with a grid-iron pattern, and this I am sure you would agree, remains to be one of its most known physical attributes.

Undersides are white, but it could be mixed with a dark line that goes all the length of this animal's belly, and what's more, they have a hanging flap (skin) which would remind us of our own Adam's apple (er, if you are a woman, I am speaking of "us" in reference to humanity). An Equus Zebra's head is quite short, its muzzle is dark, long ears which hold black and white spots.

These zebras could mate at age 2 and expected lifespan is approximately 25 years. Their breeding is not confined to a single part of the year, it could go on for the whole year. They are diurnal, and they do eat a lot. The feeding eats up more than half of their day hours, but next to eating, an Equus Zebra baths too, once or two times in a day.

Their foods: leaves, bark and grass...and on the other side of the coin, the hyenas and lions consider them as food.

They are referred to as 'mountain zebras', and that is apt, for they are very good rock climbers, as opposed to the "plains" counterparts.

Interesting fact: Within a breeding group, they have their own hierarchy, the dominant male is responsible for its own group. When adult stallions of two herds meet, a combat may ensue, but sometimes the two herds may just integrate into a bigger herd.

The Mountain zebra is listed as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the mountain zebra
A young / baby of a mountain zebra is called a 'foal'. The females are called 'mare' and males 'stallion'. A mountain zebra group is called a 'crossing, dazzle, harem, herd or zeal'.
Some facts about the
Mountain zebra

Adult weight : 296 kg (651.2 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 33 years

Female maturity :1009 days

Male maturity : 1279 days

Gestation : 362 days

Weaning : 304 days

Litter size : 1

Litters per year : 1

Interval between litters : 670 days

Weight at birth : 35 kg (77 lbs)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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