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Brown, Black and White Striped Zebra

Brown, Black and White Striped Zebra
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-23 23:47
Viewed: 12727
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Different Species of Zebras

Taken at the Auckland Zoo.

Please look at Mother Zebra's colours. She is Black, White and Brown striped.

Her baby seems to have some Brown stripes too. Is baby likely to change his/her colours or stay the same?

Zebras can be classified into three species and several subspecies.

1/ Plains Zebra (Equus burchelli):

Grant's Zebra
Crawshay's Zebra
Upper Zambezi Zebra
Chapman's Zebra
Damara Zebra
Burchell's zebra (extinct)
Quagga (extinct)

2/ Grevy's Zebra (Equus greyvi)

3/ Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra):
Cape Mountain Zebra
Hartmann's Mountain Zebra

Zebras (members of the Horse family), are native to central and southern Africa. All are white with vivid black stripes (hence the zebra crossing named after it) on the forequarters, often tending towards the horizontal at the rear of the animal.

A zebra can travel at a top speed of fifty-five kilometres per hour, slower than a horse. However, it has much greater stamina. During the course of a day the plains zebra can walk around forty kilometres (from its herd, and back again in the evening)

I think this Black, White and Brown Zebra might be a Mountain Zebra any suggestions??

Thanks Loot for telling me that this is definitively the Plains Zebra - Equus burchelli or commonly known as Burchell's zebra.

Sure was confusing!!

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Hi Janice,
never seen brown stripes on Zebra before.
The baby is cute in his B/W dress.
Fine details and nice colours.
Well done, my friend.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-24 2:46]

Hello Janice,
Lovely shot of the Zebra tending to its young and a very interesting image and note too. In my ignorance I though they were all black/white! A very fine composition showing sharp details and good light and colours.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hello Janice,
I think it is actually the same zebra species as in my image you critiqued. It is a Plains zebra more specific a Burchell's zebra which is not extinct.
Scientists and specialists discovered this zebra in South Africa had all the characteristics of Burchell's zebra. They thought the species was extinct.

Capture of a tender moment in nature

It is an attractive, unusual zebra and baby is so cute. They both look so healthy. I like baby's pose.

Evelynn ; )

What a magnificant shot, Janice, though I wish it weren't in a Zoo. Nonetheless,an awesome shot!This looks so wonderful, a mother caring and bonding with her young one!I guess that wouldn't change, even if it were in the wild.
Very well done, Janice!
Thank you!
Kind regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-31 21:24]

Hello Janice

A beautiful capture of these wonderful zebras.
Just marking the post for now.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-04-04 0:01]
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Hi Janice

A lovely moment with mother and child you have captured here.

This is definitively the Plains Zebra - Equus burchelli or commonly known as Burchell's zebra. This zebra is what you will see when you visit the Kruger National Park or the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park close to my home or most other parks in Southern Africa. Unless you travel towards the north-western side of the country (Namibia) where you will find the Hartmann's Zebra or south of the Orange River where you could find the Cape Mountain Zebra. However, the Plains Zebra is not restricted to Southern Africa only as it may be found in other areas north of this country, but that is when you will start to find all those other varieties that you have mentioned in your notes. Just to remove any possible confusion (and as a matter of interest) I will repeat those names and also include their varieties.

Burchell's zebra - Equus burchellii (The type specific species)
Grant's zebra - Equus burchellii boehmi
Upper Zambezi zebra - Equus burchellii zambesiensis
Crawshay's zebra - Equus burchellii crawshayi
Chapman's zebra - Equus burchellii chapmanni
Damara zebra - Equus burchellii antiquorum

I hope this makes the picture a little clearer.

Anyway, well done and TFS.

Very cute :)

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