Protecting the Zebra and other Endangered Animals (guest post)

I was recently introduced to a wonderful website and app designed for families that helps bring awareness and protect endangered animals.

I would like to thank Udopt for the following informative article…

FACTS YOU CAN TELL YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT ZEBRAS

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Is there a more fabulously distinctively colored animal than the zebra? Marty from Madagascar does not think so, and certainly the tricks its striped coat can play on the eyes is enough to send the visually challenged into dizzy spells.

The zebra is a unique creature so I wanted to offer some advice and information for mums and dads that would like to teach their children a little more about this creature.

Fact #1 Born to run wild

Even though they belong to the horse family, no human has ever managed to
tame a zebra. For over two centuries man has tried his best, but they are simply
not interested in being domesticated. With the passing trends for designer
pets, can you imagine going to the shops and seeing people tying up their zebra
outside the supermarket…imagine the fashion conscious struggling to colour
coordinate their outfit to their newly adopted pet! It does not bear thinking
about.

Fact #2 Unique stripes for a unique individual
Although zebras may look identical, each set of stripes is totally unique. It really
is just like a human fingerprint with stripes that differ in pattern, width and
shading. The stripes help them because when they are being attacked they
become very difficult for predators to single out – they all look the same! The
zebra’s coat also means that it is able to successfully benefit from the technique
known as ‘dazzle camouflage’ (thought to have been first used by humans in
World War I as a form of disruptive camouflage). What’s more, for those animals
that are color-blind the zebra’s coat can mingle in with tall blades of grass
making it very difficult to see them clearly! When it’s not being preyed on by the
big cats, the stripes are also good at deterring the much smaller blood sucking
horse flies that can carry nasty infections.

Fact #3 Catch me if you can
As mentioned before, the zebra’s coat makes it difficult for predators to hone
in on a specific individual, but that’s not the only ace up its sleeve: despite being
much slower at running than horses, they have stacks of stamina and an uncanny
ability to ‘zig-zag’ (step from side to side) like a professional football player.
This ‘special move’ is not to the pleasure of would-be attackers and throws them
completely off-balance, allowing the zebra to make its escape. If despite this, a
zebra should find itself trapped, it’s still not curtains as they are able to unleash
some very powerful kicks indeed. Predators are therefore especially cautious
in these situations because they know that if they should become injured they
could end up being preyed on themselves.

So, next time you are watching a documentary and see a zebra being attacked
by a lion or tiger, remember that this is a creature that has a number of sneaky
defenses to-hand, and it is therefore more likely that, away from the television,
the zebra will make its escape and live to graze another day.

~This guest post was written by Ali McDermott, charity journalist for udopt.co.uk,
where the entire family can learn about the endangered animals of the world and
help to protect the animal kingdom.

Udopt is a gift chooser specially built for those people that want to help animals but don’t know which one to pick. By answering a few questions, the udopt’r will match three animals in need of your help, based on the answers you give. There’s even a special version just for children.

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2 responses to this post.

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  2. I’m going to tell that to my little children, thanks.

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