LONE ZEBRA was spotted at the Washington Zoo. This zebra,Grevy’s zebra, originates from Ethiopia region. It is on the endangered species list. The Quagga, another species, became extinct during the 19th century. The Grevy’s Zebra, featured here, is a loner. This species is unlike other zebras which travel in herds or harems. The zebra is most recognized for it’s black and white striped pattern. This pattern is unique to each zebra, each having it’s own pattern. It is not known if a zebra can distinguish one pattern from the other, hence, identifying another zebra by it’s stripes.
You can tell the mood of a zebra by it’s ears. If they are straight and erect, their mood is calm and friendly. If the ears are forced back, they are angry; forward, they are frightened or feel threatened.
Through study, it has been determined a zebra background color is black with the white stripes and underbelly being added. It has been thought that the stripes help cool the zebra. Air moving over the black move more quickly, while over the white more slowly which aids in cooling the animal. It has been noted that zebras living in a hotter, arid area have more stripes.