One Zebra on its own at the waterhole,isnt this unusual?
Good evening from NZ.Thanks for info on the Zebra,I thought it might be something like that,he was very nervous and jumpy,I got the feeling he thought there was a lion behind every bush!
My internet connection was down for most of Thursday evening,had terrible withdrawal symptoms because I couldnt watch the camera!!!!
Thank you for the info Tabs!
Thanks for that info . Really interesting.
It is not that unusual to see a lone zebra if he (it will normally be a lone male) has recently been ejected from the herd due to his age and sexual maturity status.
Once male zebras foals reach sexual maturity they are forced out of the herd by their fathers as, otherwise, they may out-compete their fathers for dominance of the herd ....and may even inter-breed with their sisters and *shock-horror* their own mothers!
Putting Zebra sexual behaviour into perspective:
Many male zebras who have reached sexual maturity will attempt to 'kidnap' females from their natal herd, or from other herds, in order to set up their own, seperate breeding herd.
These 'Kidnappings' can include their female siblings and even their own mothers - but mostly these males will actually find a different herd to breed with.
Conversely, female foals will stay with their natal herd for the rest of their lives - and as long as the dominant male is present all of the females will mate with him even if the dominant male is the father of any of the females