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19 Interesting Facts About Zebras

Here are 19 Interesting Zebra facts.

1-5 Zebra Facts

1. Zebras are actually black with white stripes. They are black as early embryos, then develop the white stripes. – Source

2. There is a zebra in Hawaii with “golden” stripes instead of black, due to a pigmentation abnormality called amelanism. – Source

3. Zebras are responsible for more injuries to US zookeepers than any other animal. – Source

4. A cross between a zebra and a donkey can be called a zonkey, zebronkey, zedonk, or zebadonk. – Source

5. Two zebras died of hunger in a zoo in Palestine and were replaced with donkeys painted with black and white stripes. – Source

6-10 Zebra Facts

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6. Lord Walter Rothschild, an immensely wealthy banker, and zoologist drove a carriage harnessed to six zebras regularly to prove that zebras could be tamed. – Source

7. The “okapi” is an animal once thought to be fictitious; it’s basically a cross between a zebra and a giraffe. – Source

8. Zebras and ostriches often live together to protect each other from predators. The ostrich can see much better than the zebra, while the zebra can hear or smell danger better than the ostrich. – Source

9. Quaggas, an extinct sub-species of zebra have been resurrected. – Source

10. A group of zebras is called a zeal or dazzle. – Source

11-15 Zebra Facts

11. Zebras have been known to kill lions with one kick. – Source

12. People pay thousands of dollars to hunt Zebras on large ranches in Texas. – Source

13. Horses and zebras cannot live in the same areas because zebras carry a virus that has no effect on zebras but is deadly to horses. – Source

14. Scientists can identify individual zebras via a “scanner” that scans the zebra’s stripes pretty much the same way as a barcode. – Source

15. Zebra domestication doesn’t work out very well. – Source

16-19 Zebra Facts

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16. A type of zebra, known as Burchell’s zebra, can legally be farmed for meat in the UK. – Source

17. There are less than 2,500 Grevy Zebra’s left in the world. – Source

18. There is a pack of zebras living in California running around the Hearst castle property. – Source

19. Name “zebra” comes from the Old Portuguese word Zevra which means “wild ass”. – Source

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