It was very common in South Africa and it was often described as a horse and zebra hybrid. You cannot train and teach a zebra to be ridden like a horse.
We find a very different type of animal with the zebra when it comes to domestication. This all has to do with the herd mentality among horses which would don’t find to the same extent with zebras.
Among a group of horses, we will always have the leading alpha male which is the leader of the flock. Zebras live more like individuals than in herds, and they do not like to be managed.
They do move around in groups but that’s more because there are obvious benefits than because they follow the leader of the flock. As we looked at above, the horse’s legs are longer and it also enables it to run quite a lot faster than the zebra.
The seating area of the horse where you mount the saddle is also very different build on the zebra. Zebras don’t have the wither which is where the neck of the horse begins.
Some people believe that zebras are faster than horses, but they are wrong. As you can see below horses are faster than zebras and there’s a good physical explanation for that.
This is a clear physical difference between the horse and the zebra. Zebras are typically around 5 feet (1.5 meters) from the shoulder to the hoof.
The horse, on the other hand, is more like 5.5 feet (1,68 meters) from the shoulder to the hoof. Horses have long beautiful manes that can be braided in many ways.
As you can see from the picture above, the mane of the zebra is standing up and looks much more like that of a Donkey. We all know that a horse will neigh and you can also hear this sound among a flock of zebras.
The zebra can also produce a barking-type sound that is more similar to that of a smaller dog. The horse has the perfect back for mounting a saddle.
There is a tiny bump where the horse withers is but nothing to support the saddle or keep the rider in place. The dip is also absent and that makes it very hard to ride the zebra even if they had the temper for it.
We will look a lot more at why it’s almost impossible to domesticate and train a zebra in the next section. They will both kick a fellow stallion if they are provoked They both have hoofs that are similar They sleep standing up.
They are both herbivores and will eat primarily herbs, leaves, and grass in the wild. That the main thing there is to say about similarities between zebras and horses.
Other than that, they have an obvious list of commonalities when you look at how they are built and how they move. They are obviously closely related, as we mentioned at the beginning of the article.
Zebras are closer related to horses than donkeys. They all belong to the Equus family tree and zebras are directly related to horses whereas donkeys are one branch farther away from horses than zebras are.
Most racehorses and draft horses are a bit bigger than zebras. So it’s quite hard to tell whether they are intelligent enough to do much else than just living their life on the African Savannah.
Remember, they are very aggressive and people have not managed to domesticate them in any way or to ride them. The Equine family again belongs to the Perissodactyla order, that includes Tapirs and Rhinos as well.
Zebras and donkeys are, however, related to one another and share physical traits that can account for this confusion. Animal TypeGenusSubgenus HorseEquusEquusDonkeyEquusAsinusZebraEquusHippotigris Zebras might not technically be donkeys, but they do possess a number of similarities, more than many people may realize.
Zebras are prey animals that are most often hunted in the wild by lions and hyenas. Zebras tend to have plump bodies, round-tipped ears, and manes that stick straight up, resembling Mohawks.
Other popular names include monkey, Zedong, Lebanon, Sebring, and zebra. Their coats will often carry both the stripes of the zebra parent along with the coloration of the donkey contributor.
In the wild, this combination will rarely occur and only happens if both zebras and donkey live very closely to one another. Zebra / Donkey Hybrid In domestic situations, these animals can breed more often, but they are not always successful.
They both have plump bodies with potbellies and short heads with rounded ears. They are both prey animals that are hunted by whichever type of predators inhabits their area.
Zebras and donkeys both graze on fields, are herbivores, and their attitude can often be unpredictable and even stubborn! Color : While donkeys are often various shades of gray and brown, zebras are almost always black and white with stripes covering their bodies.
Behavior When Threatened: Like donkeys, zebras are also preyed to hungry predators, but they respond differently to them. Zebras are a species all to their own, and they have unique characteristics that separate them from the rest of the Equus family.
Equine Wild horses Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalian Order: Perissodactyla Suborder: Hippomorpha Family: EquidaeGray, 1821Extant and subfossil genera For fossil genera and classification see text The term equip refers to any member of this family, including any equine.
The oldest known fossils assigned to Equine were found in North America, and date from the early Eocene, 54 million years ago. They were herbivorous browsers on relatively soft plants, and already adapted for running.
The complexity of their brains suggest that they already were alert and intelligent animals. Later species reduced the number of toes, and developed teeth more suited for grinding up grasses and other tough plant food.
The equips, like other perissodactyls, are hind gut fermentors. They have evolved specialized teeth that cut and shear tough plant matter to accommodate their fibrous diet.
Their seemingly inefficient digestion strategy is a result of their size at the time of its evolution, as they would have already had to be relatively large mammals to be supported on such a strategy. The family became relatively diverse during the Miocene, with many new species appearing.
By this time, equips were more truly horse-like, having developed the typical body shape of the modern animals. Many of these species bore the main weight of their bodies on their central, third, toe, with the others becoming reduced, and barely touching the ground, if at all.
The sole surviving genus, Equus, had evolved by the early Pleistocene, and spread rapidly through the world. The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals.
“Evolution of the power stroke in early Equine (Perissodactyla, Mammalian)”. “The Evolutionary Strategy of the Equine and the Origins of Lumen and Cecal Digestion”.
The systematic and taxonomy of the early Eocene equips (Perissodactyla)”. “Contributions to the Knowledge of the Mammals of the Pleistocene of North America”.
Proceedings of the United States National Museum. “The oldest record of Equine (Mammalian: Equine) from Mexico” (PDF).
A zebra’s stripes are basically vertical around its fore quarters, but horizontal around its rump. Another theory is that the striped pattern somehow confuses the visual system of the blood-sucking tsetse fly, which finds it difficult to ‘navigate’ to the host.
Although zebras and domestic horses are similar in shape and belong to the same family, they are genetically quite different. The result is a strange, partially striped animal called a zeroed, horse, Zedong or febrile.
Because of their genetic incompatibility these hybrids are always sterile, like a mule, and are not of much practical use. However, Negroids, horses, Zedong, ferrules and quanta are incredibly useful and extant words for players of Scrabble.
The quanta was a subspecies of zebra, once plentiful in South Africa, which was hunted to extinction sometime in the 1870s. Its back and hindquarters were plain brown, and its legs were white.
Perhaps because it rather resembled a cross between a zebra and horse, some researchers were led to suspect that it was not a distinct species, and that quanta genes might still survive in some modern zebra populations. With riveting stories, first-hand encounters and magnificent photographs showcasing tourism, travel, nature, adventure and conservation, TNN is the ultimate and most comprehensive guide to exploring Namibia.
Travel News Namibia is published in five different editions per year. When you take a look at horses and donkeys there are some obvious similarities.
The saddle does not sit tight on a donkey due to the lack of withers. Donkeys can carry twice its own body weight which is a lot more than horses.
In this article, we will lay out exactly what the main differences and similarities are between horses and donkeys. First, we will take a closer look at similarities between horses and donkeys.
When we take a look at the donkey beside a horse it’s obvious that they are quite similar from the physical appearance. They are (almost) built the same way, and they both have the characteristic forward faced ears and a mane across the neck.
All through history, we find reports of both horses and donkeys being used as work animals on the farm. We can even find reports of donkeys in the Bible where Jesus enters Jerusalem on a horse.
The disciples are asked to find a donkey in a nearby city and it seems like this is a natural thing for them to do. So it’s fair to assume that people in the ancient Middle East had lots of donkeys inside the town walls to help they carry a load and carry out daily tasks.
Donkeys, as well as horses, prefer social interaction with other animals as well as humans. This social interaction is also very important in order to keep the animals healthy and able to reproduce.
The mane of a donkey is shorter and stiffer and you won’t be able to braid and organize the hair. Donkeys prefer to ride bike words when you put them into a horse trailer.
Donkeys can go a long time without water as they are bread around a very warm climate more similar to camels. Donkeys are much better at caring load at a slow pace then carrying a rider over the fields.
Because of these donkeys have typically been used to carry goods like corn and food from the market to the home. They are also reportedly noted to be more intelligent but people often choose a horse because they are easier to teach and control.
Because the donkey is so independent you should pay close attention to any signs of pain. It might not show any signs of pain at all so if it looks like it is suffering things might be worse than they appear.
Fully grown donkey will be around 36 to 54 inches (90 – 137 cm) from the withers to the hoof. It’s also harder to ride a donkey as it’s not as sturdy and comfortable to sit on compared to a horse.
You will typically need a special saddle for a donkey because the arched part of the back is shorter too. This also means that veterinarians have to use smaller tubes when they are examining the animal’s air channels.
You can ride a donkey and the mule as long as you are paying attention to how much load it can carry. Horses, donkeys, and mules will typically be able to carry up to 20% of its own body weight.
But you need to pay close attention to the briefing of the animals to make sure it’s not stressed or overworked. It might not be willing to do as you tell it to so you might end up at a very slow pace or taking a lot of breaks if you want to ride a donkey.
Horses and donkeys stem from the same ancestors but that doesn’t mean they are the same species today. In recent years we have become much better at studying the chromosomes and gene pools of specific animals.
The two branches of breeds have separated quite a lot to the extent that they are not able to produce a meaningful outcome today. Let’s take a closer look at what happens when we crossbreed a horse and a donkey.
Horses and donkeys are fairly the same sizes so it's physically possible for them to breed. When a female horse and a male donkey mate they produce a hybrid called a “Mule”.
When a male horse breed with a female donkey they produce what is called a “Ginny”. The mule, and they hinny ends up with 63 chromosomes which is one more than the donkey and one less than the horse.
Donkey and zebras have common ancestors called “Equus Catullus”. In fact, the gestation period can even change depending on the species.
Did you know that you can breed a zebra and a horse to produce a hybrid? The resulting animal is called a “Horse” if it is a cross between a horse and a zebra.
The cross between a Zebra and a pony is more commonly referred to as a “Zone”. Typically, horse’s are more difficult to train than a regular horse or pony.
Typically, a monkey inherits the donkey coloration with the stripes from the zebra parent. Monkeys have long ears, like regular donkeys, but have more characteristics from the zebra mixed in as well.
Another concern with training wild Zebra is that they can be extremely dangerous. In the wild, the natural thing for prey animals is to fight or flee.
With the zebra, if they are contained in a small space like a corral, the fight option becomes much more exaggerated, and they may attack by biting, kicking or stomping. While the wild mustang horse does have similar instincts, far fewer of them would choose fight over flee.
If you look at a zebra, you will notice their flat back and Mohawk looking mane. One of the interesting things about zebra is that they are all white with black stripes.
You should expect that the taming process for a zebra would be much more difficult than that for a wild mustang. A Zebra is much more prone to fight than flee when confined to a small corral.
That being said, a zebra foal who grows up surrounded by humans is less likely to be scared and try to attack out of fear. Dominance may still play a part but their fear level should be greatly reduced when they are born in captivity and handled regularly.
In captivity, however, horses and zebra can often live off of the same type of diet. For captive zebra and horses, a good quality diet consists of hay or pasture, vitamins, minerals and salt.
In fact, a horse and zebra can share the same pasture and receive much of the same nutrition. Diet should be customized to each individual but the basic elements are the same for both horses and zebra.
Typically, the training is more difficult and has to be approached by a trainer with skill in order to work through the natural instincts, but the zebra hybrid is capable of functioning just like a regular horse, with the right training and temperament. Running in a zigzag motion helps prey animals to confuse and evade predators.
Zebra herds will often move in a zigzag pattern to reduce the chances of being taken by a predator like a lion or cheetah. I hope you enjoyed this look at some facts about zebras, donkeys and horses.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Zeroed A horse in an 1899 photograph, “Romulus: one-year-old”, from J. C. Wart's The Pencil Experiments Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalian Order: Perissodactyla Family: Equine Tribe: Equine Genus: Equus Species: A zeroed is the offspring of any cross between a zebra and any other equine to create a hybrid.
Offspring of a donkey sire and zebra dam called a donors or zebra Ginny and offspring of a horse sire and a zebra dam called a zebra do exist, but are rare and are usually infertile. Charles Darwin noted several zebra hybrids in his works.
Many times, when zebras are crossbred, they develop some form of dwarfism. Breeding of different branches of the equine family, which does not occur in the wild, generally results in infertile offspring.
The combination of sire and dam also affects the offspring phenotype. A horse is the offspring of a zebra stallion and a horse mare.
This cross is also called a zebra, febrile, or zebra mule. The rarer reverse pairing is sometimes called a zebra, cobra, Sebring, secret, or zebra Ginny.
A zone is the offspring of a zebra stallion and a pony mare. Medium-sized pony mares are preferred to produce riding zones, but zebras have been crossed with smaller pony breeds such as the Shetland, resulting in so-called “Wetlands”.
A cross between a zebra and a donkey is known as a zen key, monkey, (a term also used for donkeys in Tijuana, Mexico, painted as zebras for tourists to pose with them in souvenir photos) , or a Zedong. Donkeys are closely related to zebras and both animals belong to the horse family.
In South Africa, they occur where zebras and donkeys are found in proximity to each other. Like mules and hints, however, they are generally genetically unable to breed, due to an odd number of chromosomes disrupting meiosis.
Living equips show wide variation in the number of chromosomes, ranging from a diploid number of 32 chromosomes in the mountain zebra to 66 in Przewalski's horse. This is due to several chromosomal fusion and fission events during the evolution of equips.
The chromosome difference makes female hybrids poorly fertile and male hybrids generally sterile, due to a phenomenon called Haldane's rule. And just as female mules and whinnies only very rarely produce offspring the same appears to be true of Negroids.
Only ONE case of such a mare was reported : The zeroed mare of a zebra mare x draft horse stallion produced a foal when she was bred back to her sire but the foal died of lightning, and she did not survive it much longer. Zebras are more closely related to wild asses (a group which includes donkeys) than to horses.
The horse lineage diverged from other equips an estimated 4.0 – 4.7 million years ago; zebras and asses diverged an estimated 1.69–1.99 million years ago. Negroids physically resemble their nonzebra parent, but are striped like a zebra.
If the nonzebra parent was patterned (such as a roan, Appaloosa, pinto / paint, piebald, or skewbald), this pattern might be passed down to the zeroed, in which case the stripes are usually confined to non-white areas. The alternative name “golden zebra” relates to the interaction of zebra striping and a horse's bay or chestnut color to give a zebra-like black-on-bay or black-on-chestnut pattern that superficially resembles the extinct quanta.
Horses combine the zebra striping overlaid on colored areas of the hybrid's coat. The Tobago (the most common white modifier found in the horse) directly interacts with the horse coat to give the white markings.
This effect is seen in the zeroed named Close (a zebra rather than a horse) born in Stukenbrock, Germany, in 2007 to a zebra mare called Eclipse and a stallion called Ulysses. However, a zeroed is usually more inclined to be temperamental than a purebred horse and can be difficult to handle.
Zebras, while not usually very large, are extremely strong and aggressive. In 1815, Lord Morton mated a quanta stallion to a chestnut Arabian mare.
This provoked the interest of Costar Wart, Professor of Natural History at Edinburgh (1882–1927) and a keen geneticist. Wart crossed a zebra stallion with pony mares to investigate the theory of telegony, or paternal impression.
In Origin of Species (1859), Charles Darwin mentioned four colored drawings of hybrids between the ass and zebra. In Lord Morton's famous hybrid from a chestnut mare and male quanta, the hybrid, and even the pure offspring subsequently produced from the mare by a black Arabian sire, were much more plainly barred across the legs than is even the pure quanta.
In his book The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, Darwin described a hybrid ass-zebra specimen in the British Museum as being dappled on its flanks. He also mentioned a “triple hybrid, from a bay mare, by a hybrid from a male ass and female zebra” displayed at London Zoo.
During the South African War, the Boers crossed Chapman's zebras with ponies, to produce animals for transport work, chiefly for hauling guns. A specimen was captured by British forces and presented to King Edward VII by Lord Kitchener, and was photographed by W. S. Bridge.
Gravy's zebra has been crossed with the Somali wild ass in the early 20th century. Horses were bred by the US government and reported in Genetics in Relation to Agriculture by E. B. Babcock and R. E. Clause (early 20th century), in an attempt to investigate inheritance and telegony.
In 1973, a cross between a zebra and a donkey was foaled at the Jerusalem Zoo. In the 1970s, the Colchester Zoo in England bred Zedong, at first by accident and later to create a disease-resistant riding and draft animal.
As of 2010 one adult still remained at the tourist attraction of Groom bridge Place near Tun bridge Wells in Kent. Today, various Negroids are bred as riding and draft animals, and as curiosities in circuses and smaller zoos.
A horse (more accurately a zone) was born at Eden Ostrich World, Cambria, England, in 2001, after a zebra was left in a field with a Shetland pony. Usually, a zebra stallion is paired with a horse mare or donkey mare, but in 2005, a Burch ell's zebra named Allison produced a monkey called Alex sired by a donkey at Highland Plantation in the parish of Saint Thomas, Barbados.
Alex, born 21 April 2005, is apparently the first monkey in Barbados. In 2007, a stallion, Ulysses, and a zebra mare, Eclipse, produced a zebra named Close, displaying an unusually patchy color coating.
In July 2010, a monkey was born at the Estate Wildlife Preserve in Daylong, Georgia. Another zebra–donkey hybrid, like the Barbados monkey sired by a donkey, was born 3 July 2011 in Hailing Safari Park, Hailing, Xi amen, China.
A monkey, IPO, was born 21 July 2013 in an animal reserve, in Florence, Italy. Thumb, the offspring of a zebra dam and a dwarf albino donkey sire, was born on 21 April 2014 in the zoo of Reynosa in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico.
More recently, in November 2018 at a farm in Somerset, a cross between a donkey stallion and a zebra mare was born. The male foal was described as a monkey by its owner and has been named Zippy.
On the 'commentary' on the DVD seasons of Viva La Bam, Tim Glob says, “If you send me a list of all the episodes where the horse is, I'll give you a dollar”. The 2007 movie I'm Reed Fish features a horse named Sabrina.
In the movie Racing Stripes, an animated horse appears in the alternate ending. He is the son of Stripes, a zebra stallion and Sandy, a gray Arabian mare.
Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels. In Roald Dahl's book Going Solo, several other characters, and he speculates on how nice it would be to own a horse, although they admit it would be difficult to train.
The fantasy setting Glorantha has a magical fertile breed of horses crossed with zebras based on the city of Paris. The video game Red Dead Redemption has the “Zebra Donkey” available as a multiplayer mount, however this is a Mexican donkey painted to appear as a zebra, so is not an actual hybrid breed.
Retrieved 20 April 2010. It could be a horse perhaps, a phony, or maybe a Sheba or a Zealand. Whatever its name, the arrival of the strange beast has been hailed as a godsend ^ “Zen key foal a hybrid star”.
“How the monkey got its stripes: Long before Instagram, Tijuana's tourist donkeys were camera-ready”. “A mysterious zebra-donkey hybrid (Zedong or monkey) produced under natural mating: A case report from Born, southern Ethiopia”.
^ Benirschke, K; Low, RJ; Brown hill, LE; CADA, LB; Devenecia-Fernandez, J (1 April 1964). ^ a b Jonson, Halon; Schubert, Mikkel; Seguin-Orlando, Ancient; Minolta, Aurélien; Petersen, Lillian; Fumagalli, Matteo; Albrecht, Andes; Petersen, Bent; Korneliussen, Throwing S.; Airstrip, Julia T.; Lear, Teri (30 December 2014).
“Speciation with gene flow in equips despite extensive chromosomal plasticity”. ^ LAU, Allison N.; Peng, Lei; Got, Pirogi; Chem nick, Leona; Ryder, Oliver A.; Dakota, Kateryna D. (1 January 2009).
^ a b Airstrip, Julia T.; Seguin-Orlando, Ancient; Stiller, Mathias; Minolta, Aurélien; Madhavan, Manama; Nielsen, Sandra C. A.; Winston, Jacob; Free, Duane; Vasiliy, Sergei K.; Volvo, Nikolai D.; Clark, Joel (20 February 2013). A. Hammertoe (1930) ^ “Colchester Zoo mourns the loss of Shadow the Zedong” (Press release).
^ “Rare cross between donkey and zebra known as 'monkey' born on Somerset farm”. Zebras are more distantly related to other members of their order Perrisodactyla, a group of herbivores that includes rhinoceroses and tapirs.
Humans domesticated the horse (Equus ferns Catullus) over 5,000 years ago, primarily as a working animal, although its meat is edible and consumed in some countries to this day. Examples include the mustangs of North America and the rubies of Australia.
The Klan, or Asian wild ass (Equus heinous) is native to Southeast Asia, in particular Mongolia, although its range was far wider in the past, extending into Europe. Kulaks are endangered because of habitat destruction, competition with livestock for water and food, and hunting for meat.
Although the King is vulnerable to habitat destruction, enough individuals survive over a wide enough area that the species is not yet under threat. In appearance, the quanta was similar to the surviving species of zebra; although it had a dun color and lacked stripes on its back.