Zebras are highly social and will only go to sleep if they are close to neighbors, so that they can be alerted when a predator approaches. They also prefer to graze together and groom each other. Zebras are herbivores and eat mainly grasses. They are also known to eat bushes, grass, branches, leaves and bark.
Plains zebras are found in the savannas of northern Sudan to Zimbabwe in East Africa. Grevy zebra is currently limited mainly to some areas of northern Kenya. Mountain zebras appear in the south-west Africa and cape mountain zebra in South Africa and Hartmann mountain zebras in Namibia and Angola.
Zebras as very social animals and live in large groups, called “harems”. The plains and mountain zebras live in harems, which consist of one stallion and six mares and their young while the Grevy zebra come together as a group for short periods of time. Sometimes flocks gather to form temporary groups of up to 30 members. Zebras sleep standing up, and only when they are in groups that can warn them of the danger. If they spot a predator, they will bark or whinny loudly to warn the rest of the group.
When zebras are grouped together, their stripes make it hard for a lion or a leopard, to pick out the one zebra to chase.
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