We are currently seeing the differences in the three species of zebras that exist today. We’ve covered the Grevy’s zebra and the Mountain zebra in previous posts. Now let’s look at the Plains zebra.
The Plains zebra is the third of the three zebras species we’ll study, so take a look at the above photo.
General: This zebra lives in large herds and boasts six subspecies. Its ears are normal-sized compared to the Grevy’s Zebra. Let’s look at three simple IKs* and the corresponding photos:
1st IK: Overall broad stripes
2nd IK: Broad pattern of stripes on flank are horizontal and change to vertical halfway across the zebra’s body…about mid-way. Has underbelly stripes.
3rd IK: Back stripeurrounded by broad rump stripes.
These IKs will soon have you able to choose the Plains zebra out of a whole herd! Stay tuned for my next post which will test your knowledge of all three zebras.
* On most of my blog posts, I will have photos showing the identifying characteristics of each animal. Each animal will have a general appearance description, and then some specific Identification Key, or IKs, as seen and described in the photos. (More about identification keys here.)