Horse-like but with short, erect manes and tufted tails, zebras are famous for the question "black with white stripes or white with black stripes." Zebras are dark-colored and therefore have white stripes. There are three species of zebras and while there are approximately 750,000 plains zebras, there are only 2,500 Grevy's zebras, and 1,400-2,000 mountain zebras. Zebras live only in the southern portion of Africa with each species occupying a specific range. Social animals, zebras live in groups called 'harems' or in temporary herds. Their stripes make it hard for predators to distinguish between individuals when they are standing in a group.
Habitat loss, poaching, and competition for water with livestock are the biggest threats to zebras.
The mountain zebra is listed as endangered while the Grevy's zebra is listed as threatened. Many nature reserves have been established and stricter enforcement will help protect zebras.