Zebras are several species of horse family united by their distinctive black and white striped coats. Their stripes come in different patterns and it is unique to each zebra. Zebras are social animals that live in a group called a herd. Zebras have never been domesticated unlike the donkeys and horses.
The unique stripes of zebras have attracted a lot of safaris in Uganda. They are one of the animals most familiar to people. The stripes of zebras help to protect them from the predators. When many zebras are in one place, it becomes very difficult for the predator to spot a prey their stripes also help in cooling their bodies. Air moves very fast over the black stripe and reduces the movement over the white stripes and zebras in hot places have more stripes.
Zebras feed almost entirely on grasses but sometimes the feed on herds, shrubs, twigs, barks and leaves. Their females mature earlier than the males. Male zebras breed when they reach the age of 5 or 6. Female zebras give birth to one foal every twelve months. Young zebras have white and brown stripes and it turns to black as they grow old.
Zebras are found in diverse habitats like savannas, grassland, woodlands, thorny scrublands, coastal hills and mountains. In Uganda zebras are found in Kidepo valley national park, one of the most popular Uganda safari parks and Lake Mburo national park. A Uganda safari to Kidepo valley offers tourists the chance to view other different wild animals like lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes among others and also a chance to sight the different species of savannah birds. A safari to Lake Mburo national park are a great opportunity to sight the impalas, water bucks, among others. Lake Mburo is the only national park having impalas in Uganda.