On January 31 International Zebra Day is celebrated.
The holiday was initiated by conservation organizations, including the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. The goal of International Zebra Day is to help preserve these unique animals.
Eternal symbols of beauty and freedom – horses and their relatives, some of them zebras or, as they used to be called, "Tiger horses". Probably the most striped animals, of course, after the majestic tigers. The zebras are inhabitants of the savannas of East and South Africa. They feed on herbaceous vegetation.
We keep Chapman's zebra (Equus burchelli chapmani). This is a subspecies of plains zebra (Equus quagga), another name is common zebra. This is the most widespread type of zebra. Only 4 subspecies are known, which are well distinguished by the number of stripes on the neck, by the location of the stripes on the limbs. Each subspecies has its own characteristic pattern.
There are four zebras in Mykolaiv zoo: Bianca, Aladdin, Basar (Bianca and Aladdin's offspring, born in 2019) and a young female Panda. Zebras are heat-loving animals that hibernate indoors, but when the weather is sunny in winter, the animals will not refuse to run and swing in the snow.
Mykolaiv zoo invites you to get acquainted with our striped beauties.