Two Plains Zebras (Equus quagga – Shona: duve; Ndebele: udube) grazing; each one sporting its own unique pattern of stripes, apparently no two being the same. These animals organise themselves socially around a harem of females overseen by a stallion. New harems are formed when fillies in estrous are abducted from established harems by young stallions (4-8 years) intent on forming their own. Fillies impregnated by an abductor stallion will usual remain with her mate. The word zebra appear to originate from Portuguese (although some suggest it is of Italian origin), used to describe the Iberian wild ass (which is Spanish was called the cebra).
(Canon EOS 7D; f/8; 1/1500sec; ISO-400; 275mm)
Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography