Zebras are odd-toed ungulates. They have excellent eyesight, a keen sense of smell and are able to run at high speeds. In many ways, zebras are closer to asses than horses, having long ears, short stiff manes, tufted tails, and “chestnuts” confined to the front legs. As a whole, Grant’s zebras are vertically striped in front, horizontally on the back legs, and diagonally on the rump and hind flanks.
- There is an extra layer of fat which occurs only under the black stripes which may get up to 18 degrees (10 degrees celesius) hotter than the white ones.
- Zebras sleep in turns, so that some members of herd are always awake. The leader of the herd uses a neigh to signal all is safe.