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30 / 01 / 2018
A Special Day for Zebras at Wild Place Project
The zebras at Wild Place Project are preparing for a special day tomorrow.
 
It is International Zebra Day (January 31) when people all over the world celebrate these amazing animals.
 
The three zebra at Wild Place Project - Peter, Florence and Zak - live alongside giraffe, red river hogs and eland just as they would in the wild.
 
Peter, was the latest to arrive at the wildlife park just off junction 17 of the M5 last September.
 
He is a Grant’s zebra, which is a subspecies of the plains zebra, found in Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

Just like our fingerprints each zebra’s stripes are unique. Their skin is black and they use their white stripes to confuse insects which may bite them and to help camouflage.
 
Like horses, zebras commonly sleep standing up, and only sleep when neighbours are around to warn them of predators.
 
Zebras feed almost entirely on grasses, but may occasionally eat other plant materials like shrubs, herbs, twigs, leaves and bark. Their digestive systems allow them to live on diets of lower nutritional quality than that of other herbivores.
 
They have excellent eyesight and hearing, and can run up to 40 mph. They can see in colour and live 20 to 30 years in the wild and up to 40 years in captivity.
 
Will Walker, animal manager at Wild Place Project, said: “Zebras are such iconic animals and visitors to Wild Place Project of all ages are always intrigued by them.
 
“Peter has settled in well and hopefully in time he and Florence will become a mum and dad.
 
“If that happens it will help ensure the future of zebras because they are now close to being classified as vulnerable as their population in the wild is now around 500,000.
 
“That is almost a quarter down on what it was in 2002, a reduction in numbers that is both serious and worrying”