What is a dazzle of zebras?

Find out in this episode of Candid Animal Cam:

Did you know?

  • There are three species of zebras in Africa.
  • The plains zebra (Equus quagga) is also known as the common zebra. It is featured in this Candid Animal Cam video.
  • The other two species are the Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi) and the mountain zebra (Equus zebra).
  • Zebra stripe patterns are unique to each animal, just like each human has a unique set of fingerprints.
  • Research suggests that the zebra’s coat pattern discourages biting flies from landing.
  • The plains zebra is a highly social species.
Plains zebra. Image: Rhett A. Butler

Comprehension questions:

Watch the video and then try to answer these questions:

  • Why is a group of zebras sometimes called a “dazzle?”
  • Which is the most abundant (commonly found) zebra species?
  • What do zebras eat?
  • What is a harem? Hint: it is a type of zebra social group.
  • What is a zebra bachelor group?
  • Can you name 2-3 animals that prey on zebras?

For more information, check out the full story on mongabay.com:

Candid Animal Cam: why zebras have stripes?

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From Romi: Special thanks to Meredith Palmer for sharing this footage with us.