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ZEBRAS

These stripy African mammals are fascinating creatures. Zebras are widely spread across the vast areas of southern and eastern Africa, where they live¬† in their preferred habitats of tree grasslands¬† and savanna woodlands. However, their habitat is shrinking, and they are already extinct in two of the countries to which they are native, Lesotho and Burundi. Zebras don’t live in deserts, wetlands or rainforest, which make them vulnerable to climate change. One of the most extraordinary phenomena in the natural world is the annual 1800- mile migration of zebra , blue wildebeest and other antelope between the Serengeti in Tanzania and Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of food and water. There are two species of zebras found in Kenya. The common zebras and the Grevys zebra. The common and the Grevys zebra live in the drier regions of Kenya and can be seen in Samburu and Buffalo springs. It is the largest of the wild equids and have very large rounded ears. It is however much easier to distinguish them from the pattern of stripes. In the Kenya common zebras , the stripes are broad and continue down into the belly, in Grevys they are very narrow and they stop on the lower flanks leaving the belly clean and unmarked. Zebras are closely related to horses but they are not of the same species.Every zebra has a unique pattern of black and white stripes. Common plains zebras have tails 1.8 inches long, half a meter in length. They run from side to side when being chased by predators. Zebras have a surprising high-pitched bark, similar to the wild dogs, which they use to find one another in a herd. They are very speedy animals, and can reach up to 65 kph when galloping across the plains. This is fast to outpace predators such as lions.

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