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Burchell´s zebra stripes

5 September 2014

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QUESTION:

Do all zebra have the lighter stripe in between the black stripes?

 

ANSWER:

The brown shadow stripe of Burchell’s zebra in southern Africa is absent in that from East Africa where thousands of these zebras participate in the immense annual migration of wildlife in the Serengeti ecosystem. Burchell’s zebra does not occur in northern Kenya where it is replaced ecologically by the national symbol of Kenya, Grevy’s zebra Equus grevyi. Grevy’s zebra was named for the former French President Jules Grevy who received one of these animals from Abessinia in the 1880s. The old Romans called Grevy’s zebra hippotigris which means the striped horse or tiger horse. They taught the zebras to pull two-wheeled wagons in circuses. Burchell’s zebra on the other hand was named for the early traveler and explorer Burchell.

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Answer by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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