The Fascinating Zebra
I think zebras are one of the most interesting animals in Africa. They seem so much like a horse, and yet are so different. With their white and black stripes, their colouring is simple and yet fascinating. Every zebra has a unique pattern of stripes, just like humans all have unique fingerprints. That means you can actually identify a zebra by it's stripes, if you know who you're looking for.
Zebra patterns have become very popular with decorating and zebras themselves are so cute, it's easy to find household items in their image that are irresistible. From furniture to household items to pillows, there's tons of variety of zebra gifts to suit any taste. One of the best things about them is that you can get anything in either the classic black and white stripes, or you can spice it up and find multicolored accessories. They're incredibly versatile which can make your shopping even more fun. Whether you're looking for yourself or someone else, I'm sure you'll find a unique zebra gift that you'll love.
Image by Pro2 used under Creative Commons Licence
Zebras Around the Home
Zebra items make a great accent around the house. Whether its in the kitchen or somewhere else, zebra stripes can add some fun and flavor to the room. Plus, if you can find something practical, it's so much easier to justify treating yourself to something fun! Here are just a few of the cute and unique zebra gifts available for your home.
Everyone needs some extra pillows around the house. It's scientifically proven that pillows can help support your back or neck, therefore helping your overall health. And who says you need to get a pillow that's simply practical? Why not invest in your health (and comfort) with a funky and unique zebra pillow? You can add a distinct flair to your home with a pillow that is as unique as your personlity.
There's nothing cuter than a baby animal and a zebra is no exception. They're similar to horses, but even if you've seen baby horses, you can never get enough of something so adorable. This little baby zebra is learning how to run and play. He wants to explore, but makes sure to stay close to his mother, too. Get your daily dose of cuteness right here!
The Zebra's Stripes
People usually think zebras have white bodies that are covered in black stripes. This is actually false. Really, zebras have black bodies with white stripes and bellies.
The stripes help to camouflage the zebra. When animals are far away, the stripes merge together to make them appear grey, which helps them to blend into the background. Additionally, their outline is blurred when they hide in the bushes, making it more difficult for predators to find them. Furthermore, if a large group of zebras are close together, their stripes make them look like one big mass and can confuse predators.
A zebra’s stripes can also protect them from flies. Flies are attracted to various forms of light. The patterning on a zebra is not appealing to most species of flies, so the zebra is in less danger of being attacked by these pests.
Image by John Storr and is public domain.
Species of Zebra
There are three current species of zebras and while they are similar in appearance, they each have distinct characteristics and do not interbreed. The most common species is the plains zebra.
The mountain zebra, which is considered to be vulnerable, usually has narrower stripes and lives in southwest Africa. Living in the grasslands is Grevy’s zebra, which is endangered. Its head is longer and narrower, so it has a closer resemblance to a mule than its cousins do.
Image by Lunkwill and is Public Domain
There are lots of predators in Africa, so zebras have had to adapt in order to survive. They can canter and gallop just like a horse, and while their speed isn’t quite as high, they have great stamina and can often outlast the animal trying to catch them.
Their eyesight is excellent and because their eyes are on the sides of their head rather than the front, they have a much wider range of vision than we do. They also have wonderful senses of hearing, taste, and smell.
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Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on June 26, 2014:
I dig the zebra lamps!
Stephanie (author) from Canada on August 12, 2013:
@tonyaalves3: lol, glad to hear that! Thanks for visiting. :)
tonyaalves3 on August 12, 2013:
My daughter said you are her new best friend. My daughters room is decorated in all types of zebra print.