Zebra, a horselike animal of Africa. Zebras are white or creamy with black stripes. The zebra is about the size of an ass, or donkey, and has a large head, long ears, narrow feet, a tufted tail, and a short, erect mane. Zebras are grass-eating herd animals and are fleet-footed, able to attain a speed of 40 miles per hour (64 km/h). Lions often prey on zebras.

ZebrasZebras have black stripes and are about the size of a donkey.

The mountain zebra is about four feet (1.2 m) tall at the shoulder. Burchell's zebra, or the common zebra, which has no stripes on its tail and legs, grows slightly taller. Grévy's zebra grows to be four and a half feet (1.4 m) tall. The mountain zebra and Grévy's zebra are both endangered because of indiscriminate hunting. Zebras are protected by law and can be found in most major zoos.

Is That a Horse with Stripes?

No, it’s a zebra! But your guess is a good one, because the zebra is a member of the horse family. Like a horse, a zebra has an odd number of toes on each foot.

A zebra’s entire body is covered with stripes. A zebra’s stripe pattern, like a giraffe’s coat pattern, is unique. No two zebras have stripes that look exactly the same.

Zebras live in the deserts and grasslands of Africa. They stay together in large herds for protection. When an enemy sees a large group of stripes, it gets confused. Zebras also have good night vision to spot danger in the dark.

The mountain zebra is Equus zebra; Burchell's, E. burchelli; Grévy's, E. grevyi. Zebras belong to the horse family, Equidae.