All About Zebras and How to Sketch Them
In celebration of International Zebra Day, I am sharing the replay video below of a live workshop I taught on zebras and how to sketch them.
You’ll learn all about the three species of zebras and then I’ll lead you through a step-by-step demonstration of how to draw the endangered Grevy’s Zebra.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS VIDEO
- Similarities and differences between zebras and their relatives.
- Survey of the 3 species of zebras; their anatomy, habits, habitats, and where they live.
- How to draw a zebra, in which we will learn about and draw the endangered Grevy’s Zebra.
MATERIALS NEEDED: All you need is a pencil and some paper. You may also download the high-resolution image (as seen below) of the Grevys’ Zebra that I demonstrate how to draw in the video.
FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT ZEBRAS
- A zebra herd is called a dazzle or a zeal.
- A zebras’ pattern of stripes is as unique as your fingerprints.
- Their skin is black to protect them from the sun and their stripes are white.
- A zebras’ voice sounds more like the braying of a donkey than the whinny of a horse.
- Zebras belong to the Equidae family which had its evolutionary roots in North America.
- Zebras are closely related to horses and donkeys and are so genetically similar that they can breed with them in captivity and produce sterile hybrids known as zonkeys and zorses!
- Unlike horses, zebras have stripes, an upright mane, and a shorter, less hairy tail. They are also less likely to be tamable, though some were domesticated by the ancient Romans and called ‘tiger horses.
- Zebras are in the same order as rhinoceros and tapirs; the Perissodactyla or odd-toed ungulates.
- There are three species of zebras who each live in different habitats and geographic regions of Africa.
- The Grevy’s Zebra, named after a former ruler of France in the late 1800’s, is the most endangered, with only about 3,000 remaining.
- Threats to Grevy’s Zebra include poaching for their meat and skins, habitat loss and competition with livestock, as well as drought and disease.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ZEBRAS
- African Wildlife Foundation
- Grevy’s Zebra Trust
- National Geographic
- Research reveals why the zebra got its stripes