Are zebras mammals ?

Yes, zebras are mammals. Zebras are herd animals. They form herds of about 10 individuals. The “family” includes one leader – a male older than 5 years, several females and young. The leader is responsible for their safety, is vigilant and monitors the situation around.

The family constantly keeps together, but it can disintegrate when attacked by predators and during migrations, later recovering. Even if the other male beats and hides the female, she returns home.

Sometimes herds are combined into herds of up to 100 or more heads, while zebras can live side by side with other herbivores – antelopes, giraffes, buffaloes or even ostriches. Relationships in families are usually even and calm, zebras show sympathy for each other biting or lay their head on the neck or groin of a friend. Despite good relationships, during the attacks, zebras do not help each other, so stragglers and weak animals often die.

Males at the age of 2-3 years are expelled from the herd and form their own “families”. Inside the herd there is a hierarchy of females led by the oldest zebra. When the age of the male reaches the limit point, the younger zebra replaces it. A mature zebra-bachelor, like the rejected young, graze alone or gather in small herds.