Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11989

Have you ever HEARD of zebras? Zebras live in a HERD and roam around Africa. They look like horses wearing referee shirts, but this protects them from hungry predators!


Life Science

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  • Do you recognize these two animals below?

zebra and a horse

  • What is the same about them?
  • What is different?

The animals above are a zebra and a horse!

Zebras are a part of the horse family that can be found living in herds all over Africa.

A herd is a big group of animals that stick together. Herds are made up of multiple zebra families.

The herd's leader, the stallion (male zebra), stays in the back of the herd. The stallion stays in the back of the herd as protection. He will use his strong hooves to kick oncoming predators.

Lions, hyenas, and cheetahs are common predators that threaten the lives of zebras. These predators hunt zebras for food.


The first thing you probably notice about a zebra is its beautiful black and white stripes.

Each zebra has its own unique pattern of stripes. This means each zebra has its own special stripe pattern.

This is similar to how no two snowflakes are alike and how all humans have different fingerprints.

Scientists believe zebras have stripes because this allows them to blend in with each other and tall grasses. This makes it hard for predators like lions to hunt them.

Lions can only see in black and white. Imagine you are a lion hunting zebras. All you can see are shades of grey, black, and white.

When all these striped zebras start running in different directions, it is hard for you to know where the zebras are going and to pick a specific zebra to hunt. This is one way zebras can escape vicious predator attacks!

Scientists also believe the stripes make zebras invisible to harmful, biting bugs!


Zebras are always on the move! They spend most of their day grazing on tall grasses and searching for water.

They have teeth that are specially designed for eating grass. Their sharp front teeth allow them to bite and rip out grass, while their back teeth are used to grind the grass they eat.

Even though the teeth of a zebra never stop growing, grazing helps wear them down and keeps them from overgrowing.


Zebras keep each other clean by using their teeth to clean each other's fur!

They also communicate with each other by making sounds and moving their ears and tails. If you ever see a zebra with its ears down, it could indicate danger nearby or that it is angry.


Watch the video below to learn even more about zebras!

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  • What are at least two facts you learned about zebras?

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