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Are zebras related to horses?


They live in Africa and they're oh so eye-catching with their black and white stripes! They have a mane, a tail and hooves. They are zebras, and they sure do look a lot like horses!

As it turns out, zebras are members of same scientific family as horses, also called "Equidae." These creatures may belong to the same family, but they are different species with different features.

For example, horses have hairier tails than zebras, as well as a different bone structure. Not to mention, while the manes of zebras stick straight up, the manes of horses are floppy. And of course, we can't forget about the distinct stripes that differentiate the zebra from the typical horse!

(by Mya Kagan)

Further Information

Despite their differences, zebras and horses can breed. The offspring (or baby) of a zebra and a horse is called a zorse!