Grant's Zebra and Scimitar-horned Oryx

Grant's Zebra (Eguus burchelli)
Range: Southern Sudan and eastern Africa to the upper Zambesi
This species of zebra has black stripes and white background that are broader and less numerous than the other species. The legs have stripes down to the hooves. Grant's Zebra live on the plains in family groups consisting of one stallion and one or more mares and their foals, as well as pure stallion groups. On journeys to water holes or sleeping sites, the highest ranking mare usually leads the group. The other mares follow, and the foals follow them. The stallion either brings up the rear or walks to the side. The gestation period is 345-390 days followed by the birth of a single foal. Birds remove pests from the skin. A zebra cleans itself by rolling on the dry ground then on muddy ground that later dries. The caked on mud is later shaken off, together with loose hair and dry flakes of skin. Plains zebras live very well in zoos, reproducing regularly in captivity........Hattiesburg Zoo

Scimitar-horned Oryx (Oryx tao)
Range: Libyan and Sahara deserts of Africa
Scimitar-horned Oryxes inhabit arid plains, deserts and thick forests, in bands of 2-12 members, feeding on grasses and shrubs. Once common in most of northern Africa, they are now increasingly rare. Well-adapted to desert life, they may go for weeks without free water, obtaining needed moisture from melons and succulent bulbs. Once called "the game of the desert," these antelopes were often hunted with machine guns or from airplanes. Their strikingly-marked heads are thought to make choice trophies and the tips of their horns are so sharp that the natives use them for spear points.......Hattiesburg Zoo

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