Sunday, September 18, 2016

Z is for Zebra

Z is for Zebra

Closely related to horses and donkeys, the zebra (sub-genuses Hippotigris and Dolichohippus) is best known for its black and white striped body. In fact, zebra stripe patterns are unique to each individual. The unique stripes of zebras make them one of the animals most familiar to people. Their stripes are believed to be camouflage devices that help zebras hide well in the grass.

Zebras as very social animals and live in large groups called 'harems.' Plains and mountain zebras live in harems that are made up of one stallion and up to six mares and their young, while Grevy's zebras come together as groups for short periods of time. Sometimes herds come together to form temporary groups of up to 30 members. Zebras sleep standing up, and only when they are in groups that can warn them of danger. If they spot a predator, they will bark or whinny loudly to warn the others in the group.

The pictures in this post were taken during a field trip with my local camera club to LaPorte Farms located in Fellsmere, Florida.

This ends my nature series! Here's the link to previous posts in this series.

When I began my nature series on March 29, 2016, my goal was to post one picture each week of something in nature and write a brief description about it. The only restriction I put on myself was that the pictures I used had to be from my own personal photo library. All except 1 picture in series (when I was on vacation) were from I have taken. All in all, not bad.

I hope you've enjoyed this series and stay tuned for the next series.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4 NIV

Be Blessed and be a Blessing!

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