ZEBRAS OF UGANDA: NATURES MONOCHROME MARVELS.
Zebras are single hoofed mammals with bold black and white stripes all over their bodies and are found in Uganda as key wildlife features. These animals can be viewed in big numbers in natural habitats like Lake Mburo national park which is located in western Uganda and Kidepo valley national park a wilderness park located in the Karamoja regions of northern Uganda.
These parks offer to you the perfect opportunity to visit the mammals compared to all places because there are so many zebras in these parks and viewing them as they graze in the savannah is very easy.
TYPES OF ZEBRAS:
There are two types of zebras in found in both eastern and southern Africa, namely;
- Gravy’s zebras, named after Jules Gravy who was a president of France in the 1880s.
- Plains zebras, also known as the Burchell’s or common zebra.
FACTS ABOUT THE BURCHELL’ ZEBRAS IN UGANDA:
- This type of zebras are also known as Equus Quagga and the adult zebra stands up to 1.3 meters long and weigh about 350 kilograms.
- These mammals belong to the horse family and this is because
- They are herbivores, they spend most of the day eating grass, but will also eat twigs, leaves, and even shrubs.
- They are social animals and they live together in large groups called herds. They form super herds consisting of hundreds of individuals as they migrate to new feeding areas.
- Within a herd, the female are called “mares”, the young ones are called “foals” and the adult males are called “stallions”. They have a gestation period of 12 to 15 months.
- They are adorable but aggressive animals, the stallions fight for the females with piercing bites and powerful kills which are severe to cause death.
These animals have black and white stripes which serve an important purpose more than beauty, for example;
- The stripes help the animals to fend off disease carrying insects and flies.
- Some believe, that these strips are meant to confuse the predators by creating some kind of illusion.
- They are also important for cooling off the animal’s body.
- These strips vary are unique to each zebra, and because of this that these animals can easily differentiate themselves.
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