You might think zebra plush toys are a strange choice of stuffed animal for a child, but for any child that has an interest in wild animals, why not a zebra plush toy? Just because zebra plush toys don’t have much in common with the iconic teddy bear, doesn’t mean they can’t be equally loved and cuddled. After all, zebra plush toys have soft fur like teddy bears do and can be just as good of a friend and companion as a teddy can.
There are three species of zebra, all of which are members of the equide family. They all live in Africa, with two of the three species making their home in East Africa. Burchell’s zebras – also called common or plains zebra – have the most population and are very widespread. They are also the zebra we are most familiar with as we can often see them in zoos and animal sanctuaries. Northern Kenya is where the Grevy’s zebra can be found. They were named after James Grevy who was the President of France in the 1880s and received a zebra as a gift. The third species, called Equus zebra (or mountain zebra) can be found in southern and southwestern Africa.
Zebras have similar bodies to horses but unlike horses, their manes are short and stays straight up. They have tufted tails and of course, their coats are striped. You could say that Burchell’s zebra, for example, are built much like a stocky pony (though if they were a pony, it wouldn’t have the signature stripes). The patterns and stripes found on their coats all vary greatly in terms of number and width. While scientists can’t be sure, they do believe that a zebras coat acts as a camouflage for them against predators. In early evening, the stripes on their bodies look as though they’re broken up into various patterns thereby distorting their distance and ultimately confusing predators. In addition to camouflage, a zebras coat can burn up to 70% of the suns heat, thus helping keep the animals cool.
Burchell’s zebras live in herds that are made up of a single stallion, several females, and their young. These families will often come together with other zebra families forming huge herds that can reach into the thousands. When foals are born, female zebras keep all other zebras away from them for up to three days. When the foal learns to recognize its mother through the use of site, smell and, voice, other zebra can then interact with it if they choose.
Many online shops boasts a wonderful selection of zebra plush toys that are nothing like you have ever seen before. Some have one zebra plush toy that stands three feet tall and still another that’s three and a half feet and comes with sound! Once your child takes one look at these lovely zebra plush toys, all thoughts of a teddy bear will be long gone.