Saturday, June 10, 2017

Critters seen on Tuesday's hike

Yesterday I posted some of the critters seen on our Tuesday hike. 


I kept the best for this post which I share with on Eileen's meme. 

I give you Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchilli) 

There were several mares with young
A close-up of what seemed to be the smallest zebra baby there...

Burchell's Zebra's body stripes are less numerous and broader than that of the Cape Mountain Zebra, whereas body stripes extend around the belly. Leg striping is less prominent. Measures 1.3 to 1.4 meters at the shoulder and weighs 300-320 Kg. They have rounded ears approximately 160-170 mm long. Front portion of mane forms a black tuft between the ears. Diet is predominantly a grazer, feeding in areas with short grass. 

It's a non-seasonal breeder;  foals may be born in any month. However, under optimal conditions more foals are born during summer. After a gestation period of 360-390 days, a single foal is born, which weighs 30-35 Kg. Foals are weaned at the age of 11 months.

The Burchell's Zebra lives in small family units. Water holes in conjunction with favored grazing areas attract family groups which collectively congregate in large numbers. They are often seen in close association with Wildebeest, other plains Antelope and Baboons.

For more information on the Burchell's Zebra, please click here

I'm linking to Eileen's Saturday Critters post here

May you all have a wonderful Saturday! 


  1. How sweet they are. What a nice experience for you to be so close.

  2. Absolutely beautiful. I love zebras. I've always been fascinated by them and it was sheer pleasure to see them in Kenya's wilderness. Aren't the babies simply the cutest?!

  3. Beautiful, beautiful things. Thank you.

  4. I can't stop SMILING.. I forgot to tell you how much I loved the zebras on the other post and now this one is all Zebras. THIS is what I think when I think Africa.... oh my how I love these... I noticed right away that the stripes are different than on others, they look like they swirl around under the tummy. I have stared a hole in each photo... WOW

  5. Thay are such a beautiful looking animal Jo,and the little one is gorgeous.
    Take care, Gordon.

  6. Fabulous photos Jo. What a great sight!

  7. What great photos and what a pleasure to be able to walk around herds of them. Lucky you. Have a good Sunday Diane

  8. Hello, I did not realize there were more than one species of zebras. They are pretty animals. Love the photos, especially the closeups. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  9. Oh how amazing! Wonderful photos of these creatures! Thanks so much for sharing the wonders of your part of the world!
    Happy weekend, Jo!

  10. Just been back to read about your hike Jo, brilliant! This is just the kind of hike my hubby and daughter like to do although I'm pretty sure there's not a chance in a million they'd see zebras.. kangaroos yes! 😀😀


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