Zebras often travel with herds of antelope. During an attack, the antelope
may help to protect the zebra. The predator may shift its focus from the
zebra to the antelope. The chances of an attack become smaller when another
animal, like the antelope, looks just as tasty to a predator.
During the night, a watch guard stands on duty to warn others of lurking
predators. Luckily, a zebra can run quickly. It can reach speeds of
65 kilometres per hour!
The zebra's fashionable black and white colours also help keep predators
away! When a group of scared zebras try to escape from a hyena or lion, they
run away in a massive herd. The moving stripes confuse the predator.
Zebras are more active during the day than the night. The herd will
travel about 15 kilometres in total during the day. Afterwards, they
graze for about an hour before bedtime.
The herd is lead by the female and her baby, called a foal. The males,
or "stallions" guard the back from predators. Members of a herd can
distinguish themselves by smell and sight.
If a young or weak zebra is lagging behind, the rest of the herd will
slow down and wait for it to catch up.