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Boehm's Zebra

(engl: Boehm's Zebra)

Why does the zebra have stripes?

Zebra species each have their own individual pattern of stripes. The stripe pattern helps to recognize subspecies. The colour also helps to protect them from predators. Within a herd, the outline of an individual zebra is invisible, making it difficult to target a single animal.

Fast and able to put up a fight

Zebras have great eyesight, and can spot enemies from afar. If they are in danger, they gallop away. They can run up to 60 km/h for short distances. If they get caught, zebras are by no means defenseless. They defend themselves by biting and kicking with their hard hooves.

Böhmzebra, Foto: Tom Burger
Böhmzebra, Foto: Tom Burger
Böhmzebra, Foto: Tom Burger
Verbreitungsgebiet: Böhmzebra
Verbreitungsgebiet: Böhmzebra
Scientific Surname Equus quagga boehmi
Order Perissodactyla
Family Horses
Size male: till 1,4 m, female: till,25 m
Weight male: till 350 kg, female: till 300 kg
Reproduction gestation period 12 month, 1 subadult
Distribution East Africa, South Africa
Habitat savannah
Food Grasses, Herbs, Bark, Leaves
Livestock not endangered