The Marvolous Mountain Zebra

interesting facts about The  Mountain Zebra

Zebras belong to the horse family.

This zebra can be defined from other zebras because it has a fold under its chin.

The mountain zebra can be found in Namibia, western and southern South Africa, some  may be present in southwestern Angola.

This is where most Mountain Zebras are found.

Mountain Zebras eat various of things:
~Grass
~Shrubs
~Herbs
~Twigs
~Leaves
~Bark

I choose to study the mountain zebra because...

I find zebras fascinating because they are like horses but they have stripes. To my their behavior is strange because I used to own horses and they didn't act like a zebra does.  But still I needed to be a little more specific in which kind of zebra I wanted to study. I choose the Mountain Zebra because it has extra skin under its chin and I thought that was really cute.

Physical Adaptations

The Zebra is black and white with stripes to protect them from fly's. It confuses the fly's when they see their stripes.

Their stripes also makes it harder for their praetor to make out how far away or how close they are to the zebra is, even though it doesn't help them to be designed.

The Zebra also has really strong teeth to help them chew up thick grass.

Their teeth also help them fight to get a mate.

They also have really long skinny legs that happen to be very strong.

Behavioral adaptions

Zebras live in herds to make them look tough and to protect them.

Zebras often choose to have other animals in their herds, like giraffes.

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When the mother zebra is pregnant the mother will sperate from the pack so that when the baby is born the baby can memorize the mothers pattern.

If a predator gets close then the zebra will use their strong back legs to kick at it.

NO more chemicals!

A zebra would die if a toxic chemical was introduced to it. A zebra is a primary animal, that means it is a herbivore and only eats grass, but it still has a lot of biomass. Lets say that DDT (a toxic chemical) is sprayed on the grass or the plants that they eat, bioaccumulation is started here. The zebra ate the grass, now the DDT is in the zebras “system”. If that zebra gets eaten by another animal, then that animal now has the DDT in its system, this biomagnification. Now the DDT has spread and will continue to spread even if the “final” animal dies (doesn’t get eaten) and the carcass gets eaten by a decomposer. Although if the DDT is limited (smaller amount), then maybe there might be a chance that the decomposer will live. The DDT is a destroyer of the food web!

Eventually the DDT would make the zebras go extinct. If all the zebras were to die and there were none left, then what? Well, the food web would be destroyed. Also all the animals that eat the zebras would have to adapt to eating something else. The population of those animals that eat zebra would go down. The zebras eat plants and grass, that helps the plant population stay “normal”. If there were no zebras then the plant population would go up mostly. All animals need to stay alive to make everything work or there would be nothing left.

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Here is a clear explanation on symbolic relationships within a zebra! ENJOY!!

I infer that the zebra population keeps changing over time is because of the weather, hunters, and predators. I think that the weather would be a big impact because they eat only plants and they have a drought or it rains too much and floods then they starve. Also hunters could be a big problem because zebra fur is worth a lot of money, and who doesn't want to be rich? Predators have a big impact on a zebras life also because everything needs to eat and maybe zebra was a preference.

I predict in the future the graph will keep going up and down because different things happen all the time. The next couple of years I predict that overproduction will occur because they know what is happening. Natural selection is a big part in the zebra population because the zebras that live get to reproduce. In the WAY future I think that the zebra population will go down because they will have to adapt to people taking over their land because we want more urbanization. They also might inherit slow legs for running. If that happens then they will go extinct because then the predators will get them and they will no longer be here.

The impact on the Eco system. If the zebra dies because they inherit slow legs then they will die because they will get eaten. If that happens then all the animals that eat the zebras will die also because that is their food source. Then the animals that ate the zebras will have to adapt to other animals and once their gone then the world is gone. We need the zebras here for all of us.

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