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Zebra stripes

By accipiter  
Many thanks for all the cc's on my last upload. Very much appreciated.
I was surprised indeed on checking back through my portfolio to see that I had not uploaded any animal photos (other than birds) for nearly two years! Can't think why - I take lots of shots of animals.
To correct this I have scrounged a few shots from my archive to elucidate the issues of horses with stripes - Zebra are all members of the horse family (Equids) and there are three surviving species in Africa, of which two are threatened.
The commonest is Burchell's Zebra, often called the plains Zebra, which is the one seen on all the movies of the great migrations of the African plains. In fact there are several subspecies that occur from north to south of it's enormous range on the continent. In central Africa they occur in grasslands and wooded 'bushveld' (V1) but they also occur in semidesert areas of Namibia, the Kalahari and the Karoo (V2). One of the most southerly forms, known as 'Quagga" became extinct in the 1930's.
Some national parks in South Africa are now breeding populations 'backwards' to recreate this subspecies (V3) which is characterised by a lack of stripes over the hindquarters. The stripes of all these races are wider apart, have a pale brown stripe between the black stripes and the stripes go under the belly but not down all the way to the feet and they are angled upwards on the haunch.
The Cape Mountain Zebra was reduced to less than a hundred animals in the 1930's but a special park was set aside for them in the eastern cape and they now number in the thousands and have been reintroduced successfully to a lot of their former range (V4). Stripes are closer at the front of the animal and much broader at the back and are horizontal over the haunch. They do not reach under the belly and do go all the way to the feet. They also have a 'dewlap' on the neck.
Grevy's Zebra (V5) occurs in the northern part of Afrrica in Northern Kenya , Somalia and Abyssinia. It is a very heavy headed densely striped Zebra which is critically endangered due to habitat degradation by human populations throughout it's range.
I hope you enjoy the natural history and the stripes! A

Tags: Burchells zebra Wildlife and nature Grevys zebra Cape mountain zebra

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15 May 2016 11:05AM
Great wildlife capture
RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
15 May 2016 11:33AM
Very detailed narrative and an excellent set of these zebras, with my favourite the lead image: composition excellent.
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
15 May 2016 12:06PM
Good capture of his amazing animals. Avoids the appearance that the subjects show when in captivity.
This is lovely to see... They look happy and healthy. Good set and good informative write up..
Isabel GrinGrin
CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
15 May 2016 1:21PM
All excellent captures, Arthur, each one worthy of an upload in its own right.
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
15 May 2016 1:51PM
Wonderful collection, Arthur, I'm drawn to version 2.

15 May 2016 2:12PM
Five excellent captures
Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
15 May 2016 5:44PM
Absolutely stunning images - you've captures the beauty of these zebras so well.
Kate Grin
Jerrin 6 23 England
15 May 2016 7:56PM
Top shot, great detail, well captured.
15 May 2016 9:09PM
Stunning set of captures... Fred
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
15 May 2016 9:10PM
All excellent shots Arthur.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
15 May 2016 10:39PM
Exceptional in all ways-- the zebras appear naturally yet are well defined!
jocas 6 6 United Kingdom
17 May 2016 5:05PM
Superb relaxed capture and excellent write up Grin

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