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Zebras are several species of African equids (horse family) united by their distinctive black and white stripes. Their stripes come in different patterns, unique to each individual. They are generally social animals that live in small harems to large herds. Unlike their closest relatives, horses and donkeys, zebras have never been truly domesticated.


  • Alex, do not interrupt me when I'm daydreaming. If a zebra's in the zone, leave him alone.
    • Mark Burton, Billy Frolick, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrathFrom Madagascar (film): Marty the Zebra (2005).
  • The Zebra is striped all over so that the Lion can see him and eat him. Some people say he is striped so that the Lion can not see him. These people believe that the stripes of the Zebra simulate the bars of sunlight falling through the tall jungle grasses and that therefore the Zebra is invisible and that the earth is flat.
    • Will Cuppy, How to Tell Your Friends from the Apes, The Zebra (1931).
Behold the Zebra on the plains,
And shudder at his mighty manes!
  • Behold the Zebra on the plains,
    And shudder at his mighty manes!
  • When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses not zebras.
  • Theodore Woodward Sotos, John G. (2006) [1991]. Zebra Cards: An Aid to Obscure Diagnoses. p.1
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