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Copyright: David White (dkaved) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 1996-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus OM-10, Tokina 80-200mm f/4
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wildlife of Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-23 18:12
Viewed: 6034
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Burchells Zebra
Burchells Zebra is divided in two distinct races. Grant's Zebra in northern Kenya is strinkingly black and white, Boehm's Zebra in southern Kenya has shadow stripes between the white stripes. Shoulder height about 129cm, weight 250-300kg. Zebras prefer plains and open woodland, but in dry season they frequent denser woodland and swamp edges.

Social life
Zebras live in family partys of from 5 to 20 head. A typical herd is composed of 2 to 5 adult females, a herd stallion and some young. Males unable to become herd stallions join bachelor herds. Both types of herds are highly stable and their members may stay together for years, only the growing youngsters leave. Every zebra has unique stripe patterns by which it is recognized by the others. Frequent grooming acertains the close bonds between the members of a family.
Zebras have no territoriality, the range they use overlaps with that of many other family groups and changes in size and location with the season. Between the females is a pronounced hierarchy of rank. The dominant females will often displace subordinates from a good feeding patch.
Rival stallions fight very fiercely by biting and kicking. Females come in oestrus every 14 month and will adopt a special gesture with tail up and legs apart. The males nearby will be attracted until one of the rival males acquires her. The period aof geststion is about 12 months, one foal is born at a time.
In the morning herds will move to their feeding grounds and stay there most of the day. Often they walk in a single file. Late in the evening they will leave the feeding place and return to the open plains. During dry seasons they may wander great distances in search of favourable feeding places. They often join Wildebeest or Hartebeest.
They are much preyed upon by lions and hyenas, but are to strong for cheetahs. Often two individuals stand opposite, the head of each one resting on the shoulders of the other. In this pose they can overlook 360 degrees. Zebras can run very fast and with endurance.

Zebras can well cooexist with man, even on extensive used land. Many tribes of Kenya don't hunt Zebra traditionally and the survival of Burchells Zebra seems to be not endangered.

Source : http://www.dc-adnet.com/Photo-Info/wildlife.htm

Zebra don't tend to hang around when you get close but these ones cooperated.
I liked the pattern created by their wonderful striped coats!

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Hi David,
Of course, a zebra is best in black&white. I think your choice to do it in b&w is a good one. With so many striprs it is puzzling who is who. Well done. Good informative note too.
Regards, Ruud

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-23 21:05]

Hello David

A very good photo.Your choice of black and white was a good one.The patterns of the zebras looks very nice.Well composed and presented.TFS


Beboker Yom Alef Hazebra Kama - Lavsha et Hapijama.....
Seems they all merge into this one head...

TFS - Shir

Beaux zèbres,belles rayures bien nettes,beaux pygamas Thomas

Jolie posture de ce zèbre qui semble avoir repéré le photographe.
Bonne journée.

Almost 'Art deco' B&W shot David. I like the finishing.TFS

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