Plains Zebra

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Plains Zebra

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Character Data
Also known as: Common Zebra, Burchell's Zebra, Striped Savanna Giant Slug
Japanese Name: サバンナシマウマ
Romanised Name: Saban'na Shimauma
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Equus quagga
Distribution: East & South Africa
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 20 – 25 years
Read More: Plains zebra
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 NT.svg.png
Plains Zebra Anime Festival Pavilion​ (Gen 2)​ Nexon Game

The Plains Zebra is a zebra Friend who has made appearances in both the Kemono Friends anime and the original game.

Appearance

Plains Zebra's most immediately obvious aesthetic feature is her knee-length hair, patterned completely in the same black-and-white zebra stripes of the titular animal. It is styled in a hime-cut, with an additional upward tuft of black hair at the top of her head. Befitting her species, she has two big black-tipped animal ears and a striped tail ending in a ball of black hair. Her eyes are a dark, muddy brown.
Other than her gray-blue overshirt, the entirety of her outfit further exhibits the zebra-pattern seen in her hair; her long-sleeved undershirt, tie, skirt, leggings and mid-calf boots all share the same pattern (apart from her shoes fading to black at the toes as a minor detail).

In Real Life

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The Plains Zebra is the most common species of zebra native to southern and eastern Africa. They are around 1.4 meters high at the shoulders and about 2.3 meters long weighing 400 kilograms. Their characteristic stripes are horizontal around the legs and the back and vertical in the front forming a triangle where they meet. Though they look similar, every individual zebras stripes are as unique as a fingerprint. Zebras eat all kinds of plant matter; grass, twigs, leaves, roots and stems. That way they prepare the plains for other grazers.

Plains Zebras live in groups of one male with multiple females and their offspring. Within this harem, the females establish a hierarchy with an alpha female reserving the right to mate with the male first. New females are often met with hostility by the older females. They can breed yearly as they often enter estrus shortly after birthing a foal after a gestation period of thirteen months.

The family groups will join others to form small herds for protection against predators, often forming mixed herds with wildebeest or antelopes. Huge herds consisting of thousands of Zebras will migrate around 2,000 kilometers in the search for food every year. This migration attracts many dangerous predators such as lions and wild dogs. Zebras use their exceptional hearing and vision to spot predators early and let out distinct warning calls. Others will come to defend an attacked zebra with their powerful kicks.

Though the plains zebra is still the most common species of zebra their existence is threatened by habitat loss and illegal poaching for their fur. Their main predators are lions and hyenas; crocodiles during river crossings; wild dogs, cheetahs and leopards are only minor threats. The plains zebra is currently listed as near threatened.

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