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Zebra
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As zebras são mamíferos, membros da mesma família dos cavalos, os equídeos, nativos da África central e do sul. A pelagem deste animal consiste num conjunto de listras contrastantes de cor, alternadamente, pretas e branca, dispostas na vertical, exceptuando nas patas, onde se encontram na horizontal.

É nas savanas africanas onde as zebras habitam. Encontram-se distribuídas por famílias: macho, fêmeas e filhotes. Estes animais, por serem atacados habitualmente por leões, podem se tornar animais extremamente velozes, pois para fugirem dos predadores, utilizam a fuga e seus fortes coices, podendo quebrar até a mandíbula de um felino. As listras das zebras vão escurecendo com a idade, e estes animais, embora se pareçam, não são todos iguais.

Apesar de parecerem todas iguais, as espécies de zebra existentes não são estreitamente relacionadas umas com as outras. As zebras-de-grevy têm origem de animais diferentes (de outro subgênero) daqueles que originaram as zebras-das-planícies e as zebras-das-montanhas.

Não se encontram à beira da extinção, embora a zebra-das-montanhas esteja ameaçada. A subespécie de zebra-das-planícies conhecida como cuaga (do inglês quagga, que designa o som que o animal produzia cuahaa), Equus quagga quagga, estava extinta, mas projetos de cruzamento entre zebras com coloração semelhante já recuperaram a espécie antes extinta, e o projeto liberou com sucesso vários exemplares na natureza.
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Zebras are African equids best known for their distinctive white and black stripes. Their stripes come in different patterns unique to each individual. They are generally social animals and can be seen in small harems to large herds. In addition to their stripes, zebras have erect, mohawk-like manes. Unlike their closest relatives, horses and asses, zebras have never been truly domesticated.

There are three species of zebra: the Plains Zebra, Grévy's Zebra and the Mountain Zebra. The Plains zebra and the Mountain zebra belong to the subgenus Hippotigris, but Grevy's zebra is the sole species of subgenus Dolichohippus. The latter resembles an ass while the former two are more horse-like. Nevertheless, DNA and molecular data show that zebras do indeed have monophyletic origins. All three belong to the genus Equus along with other living equids. In certain regions of Kenya, Plains zebras and Grevy's zebras coexist.

The unique stripes and behaviors of zebras make these among the animals most familiar to people. They can be found in a variety of habitats, such as grasslands, savannas, woodlands, thorny scrublands, mountains and coastal hills. However, various anthropogenic factors have had a severe impact on zebra populations, in particular hunting for skins and habitat destruction. Grevy's zebra and the Mountain zebra are endangered. While Plains zebras are much more plentiful, one subspecies, the quagga, went extinct in the late nineteenth century.

The name "zebra" comes from the Old Portuguese word zevra which means "wild ass". The pronunciation is /ˈzɛbrə/ ZEB-rə or /ˈziːbrə/ ZEE-brə.


Woodchunk?
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First time for me to see the Woodchunk. For a while, I don't know his name....In my backyard


Salt Lake County's Shelter Dog Play Group
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Dog on the right by the wall is ... JAKE - ID#A356485
My name is JAKE.
I am a neutered male, brown and white Pit Bull Terrier.
The shelter staff think I am about 3 years old.
I have been at the shelter since Mar 19, 2012.

For more information about this animal, call or visit:

Salt Lake County Animal Shelter
511 W 3900 S
Salt Lake City UT
(801) 559-1100

Ask for information about animal ID number A356485

 
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