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Zebra is the name given to three species in the horse family: Equus zebra (the mountain zebra), Equus burchelli (the plains zebra or "dauw"), and Equus grevyi (Grevy's zebra). All three species are native to central and southern Africa.
The bodies of these zebras are characterized by contrasting black bands on white or yellowish-white backgrounds.
- The Grevy's Zebra is one of the rarest species of zebra around today, and is classified as endangered.
- They are best known for their distinctive white and black stripes, which come in different patterns unique to each individual.
- They are generally social animals and can be seen in small harems to large herds.
- There are three species of zebra: the Plains Zebra, Grevy's Zebra and the Mountain Zebra.
- Unlike their closest relatives, horses and donkeys, zebras have not been truly domesticated.
- At first glance zebras in a herd might all look alike, but their stripe patterns are as distinctive as fingerprints are in man. The stripes are a form of disruptive coloration which breaks up the outline of the body.