Zebra Adaptations

Can you list 6 adaptations of a zebra and explain how each of them help them survive? 

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  1. Stripes: Zebra's stripes are the first thing anyone notices. These stripes ensure that predators are unable to focus on one zebra; they act as camouflage. They also break up the outline of a single zebra and thus make it harder for predators to judge distances.
  2. Multiple teeth types: Zebras have strong incisors in the front (to bite grass) and molars/premolars in the rear (to grind food). They have large, high-crowned grinding teeth that enable grinding of grass containing high silica content.
  3. Herd animals: living in herds or families ensures protection from predators and safety of their young. 
  4. Digestive tract: Zebras have cecum, where most of the digestion of food takes place, which enables faster uptake of food by the digestive tract and nutrients from low quality food. 
  5. They can run for long distances due to their stamina and this may help them outrun predators.
  6. Strong hindlegs: can be used to kick potential predators and thus break free. 
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