Zebras survive on a diet of rough vegetation with relatively low nutritional value, which their hindgut fermentation process allows them to digest.
Because they cut back old growth and consume lower quality plant matter, they increase the overall quality of vegetation in areas where they travel.
What is a Zebras role in the ecosystem?
Grevy’s zebras are large, grazing ungulates that feed on grasses and serve as prey for a number of large predators. They fill a niche left open between arid-habitat loving wild asses and water-dependent plains zebras. (”
How are zebras helpful to humans?
Well, scientists aren’t entirely sure. Their stripes perhaps serve to dazzle and confuse predators and biting insects, or to control the animal’s body heat. Because each individual’s stripes are unique, their stripes may also have a social purpose, helping zebras to recognise one other.
Why are Grevy’s zebras important?
Overgrazing by livestock is leading to significant environmental degradation—Grevy’s zebras compete with the ever-increasing livestock population and agricultural crops for water.
What is a Zebras habitat?
Where do plains zebras live? They have a wide range in east and southern Africa. They usually live in treeless grasslands and savanna woodlands and are absent from deserts, rainforests, and wetlands. This species’ habitat is shrinking, however, and they are now extinct in Burundi and Lesotho.