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Drawing contest at the zoo on International Zebra Day 31st January


On the occasion of International Zebra Day on 31st of January, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (IGZP) will conduct drawing competitions for students of Classes I to XII from 9. 30 a.m. to noon. Nandani Salaria, IGZP Curator said that the programme is intended to create awareness among children about the zebra and the challenges it faces in its natural habitat.

The topic for Class I to VI is ‘Worksheets on Zebra’, while for Class VII and VIII, the topic is ‘Zebras in Vizag Zoo’. Similarly for Class IX to XII, the topic is ‘Role of Zebras in its habitat’. For more details, contact M. Purushottam, Conservation biologist at 9000151920

Fun and Interesting Facts About The Black And White Striped Animal!


International Zebra Day is observed on January 31 every year to create awareness about the need to protect the wild animal. Zebras are the most iconic of all Africa’s grazing animals. They are generally found in the semi-desert areas of Kenya and Ethiopia other than the hilly region in Namibia, Angola and South Africa. One peculiar feature of the animal is their black and white stripes all over their body. Generally, zebras weigh between 400 to 850 pounds depending on the species. The Grevy’s zebra is the largest wild member of the horse family. On International Zebra Day 2020, we have compiled some interesting facts about zebras.

There are various theories about why zebra have stripes. Earlier it was believed that the stripes were to protect the animal and become with grasses as animals try to attack. But in a 2016 research, it was found that the stripes aren’t’ for camouflage as by the time predators can see zebra stripes, they have already heard or smell their prey. Another popular theory states that the stripes are to keep zebras cool.

Check out fun facts about zebras below

 Every zebra has a different set of black and white stripes, just like human fingerprints. Under their striped coat is black skin.

 There are different types of zebras with mountain zebras having vertical stripes on their neck and torso while horizontal stripes cover their legs.

 Zebras run from side to side following a zig-zag pattern while being chased by a predator to make it difficult for the predator.

 A mother zebra keeps her foal away from all other zebras for two or three days after birth until the foal can recognise her scent, voice and appearance.

 A group of zebras is called a ‘zeal’.

 Zebras stand up and sleep. It can run up to 65 km/h or 40 mph.

 Zebras are one of the few mammals that are believed to see in colour. However, it is said it cannot see the colour orange.

According to Science Daily research, the stripes are used to control body temperature. As the black stripes heat up faster than the white stripes, the zebra has a secret heat-release mechanism. They erect the hair in the black stripes thus releasing extra heat during the hottest part of the day. Another interesting fact about zebras is that the foals can get up immediately after their birth and walk for 20 minutes! And rightly like you always thought zebra crossings (pedestrian crossings) are named after the black and white stripes of zebras.

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