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Zebras! Zebras! Zebras!
Transcript of Zebras! Zebras! Zebras!
Various breeds of zebras live in distinct locations that help them survive. These include mountains, deserts, and open land. Zebras live mainly in southern Africa. There are three types of zebras on earth today. These include the grevy's zebra, the mountain zebra, and the plains zebra. These three types of zebras live in temperate or warm grasslands. The widest range where zebras are found is where the plains zebras are found. The most common habitat of a zebra is a savanna or a plain. If you look at a savanna, you will see small bushes, small trees, tall grass, and wide open land. The tall grass in their environment helps zebras hide and camouflages them from their predators. That's how their habitat helps them to survive.
Do you know what a zebra looks like? When you think of zebras, you probably think of their unique patterns. Other interesting things that zebras have are their body parts such as their tail, their size, and their shape. As you can see there are a lot more body parts on a zebra than just its patterns. Some body parts that zebras have are a muzzle, a neck, large eyes, hoofs, and a long tail. These body parts help a zebra survive safely in its habitat/environment. A zebra looks a lot like a horse. If it weren't for its stripes, it would look exactly like a horse. A zebra is actually in the horse family. Its scientific name is Equus, which means horse in Latin. Most of the features or body parts that a horse has are the same as zebras. A couple of similar body parts are their eyes, muzzles, and hoofs. Zebras average from about 440 pounds to 990 pounds. They grow between three-and-a-half and five feet tall to their shoulder. A baby zebra or a foal usually weighs about fifty-five pounds. Zebras usually grow from six to nine feet tall. Zebras have regular teeth. Most of these teeth are molars and are mostly dull. Aren't zebras much more than just stripes?
A zebra's diet is limited to only a few types of food. These include grass, leaves, shrubs, herbs, and bark. Three percent of a zebra's body weight is from the grass. To be able to grind up these foods, a zebra has high crowned teeth and mostly molars. Their teeth help them to chew through silica-rich grasses, which can be tough. A zebra's stomach can hold a large amount of grass. Lions are the zebra's main predators. However, crocodiles will also eat zebras often when the zebras are drinking water because the crocodiles live in water and they can surprise the zebras. Many other animals hunt zebras as well, including the wildebeests, leopards, hyenas, and wild dogs. The zebra is a herbivore while these other animals are carnivores. It is interesting to think of a food chain as it relates to a zebra and all these other animals. For example, grass gives energy to the zebra, and the zebra gives energy to the lion. A food web is also a helpful way to view predators and prey. For example, grass gives energy to zebras and deer. These animals give energy to the cheetahs, and cheetahs give energy to the lions. This food chain and the food web really helps to explain the way in which the zebra plays a key role in both supplying and giving energy in its ecosystem.
True or False
1. Zebras can grow to nine feet tall.
2. Zebras have sharp teeth.
3. Zebras live mainly in northern Africa.
4. Zebras eat bark.
Prezi by David Gaetano
What They Look Like
Zebras have many characteristics that help them to adapt to their environment. From the tips of their ears to the end of their tails, each body part has a role to play in adaptations. A zebra's eyes are an important adaptation that zebras have. Their eyes are on the side of their head. That helps them to be able to scan the area around them to look for predators. To get away from predators, a zebra has to run fast. If they are in tip top shape, they can run up to forty miles per hour. This will help the zebra to get away from its predators fast and stealthily. It can use its teeth and hoofs to fend off its predators. Differently patterned strips can be found all over a zebra's body. This often confuses predators when zebras are in a large herd. Their stripes can also serve as camouflage to help the zebra to hide during dangerous times. Zebras have interesting adaptations to help them survive.
Zebras are interesting animals. Their unique patterns make them different from other animals. Their body parts, their food chain, and their adaptations are some of the things that will be presented here today. I hope you enjoy it.
Zebra Body Parts