The zebras are not just a striped animal or a part of the horse family. They usually live in arid grasslands. However, these are basic facts. In this article, we will show you some bizarre facts about them. Learn more about these zany facts, and you will surely be amazed.
Zany Facts: The zebra’s coat is like a giant bar code and we can scan it.
Each one of the zebra has its unique stripes pattern and the scientists use this pattern seems to be bar codes to recognize the individuals and trace them over and over again.
The first try to identify the zebras is by their stripes that were low-tech. Nowadays, there is special software that can search and scan images of the zebras and helps individuals to identify them by looking and reading to their stripes similar to bar codes.
Zany Facts: Plains zebras are small and numerous.
Plains zebras are the smallest. They are also abundant. In fact, they have a huge population of all wild groups of the horse family and travel aimlessly over the wide area of southeastern Africa.
The plains zebras have a sort of subspecies and a lot of variations between. For instance, if you will travel afar south over Africa you will see plains zebras that have fewer stripes on legs.
Zebra stripes may serve as bug spray or air conditioning.
For how many years, scientists have speculated why zebra has stripes. One theory believed that the stripes on the zebras could confuse predators and make it hard for them.
Later on, there are appearances and the emergence of theories. Other scientists think about the stripes that make the zebras cooler. The dark stripes can absorb more sunlight than light stripes and stimulate eddies from the wind that swish the heat away. Some of the researchers find that the dipterous insects or biting flies keep away from the stripes patterns. The biting flies prefer the hot temperature, that’s why they avoid biting the cooler zebras.
Not all zebras have black and white stripes.
Zebra has many subspecies. They come with different body shapes, sizes, stripe patterns, and colors. The dark stripe could be brown or black, and the white stripes can be cream. Not all the subspecies are pale. They only have a shadowy stripe in between the big dark ones. Additionally, there are sorts of variations and mutations. The occasional zebras have spots and are entirely white.
Mountain zebras are mountainous.
The mountain zebra is one of the three species of zebra that lives commonly on hills, and in rocky places of South Africa and near Namibia. Thus, having a special hard and sharp hoof which helps them to climb and stay balance in mountainous terrain and the outstanding dewlap.