Z is for Zebroid

     Z is for Zebroid 

No, it’s not a misspelling – zebroid is actually a word. Just what is a zebroid? You probably guessed it had something to do with zebras, and you would be correct. A zebroid is the hybrid offspring of a zebra and any other equine. Within the family of zebroids, there are many sub-categories. The offspring are sterile, like mules (the offspring horses and donkeys). The most common to occur in the wild is the zonkey – offspring of a male zebra and a female donkey.

                 Male Zebra               +

     Female Donkey                      

                                =  Zonkey    

If the parents are reversed, a female zebra and a male donkey, the offspring is a zedonk.

Female Zebra         +           Male Donkey

 

 

 

 

                              = ZeDonk

There are other categories from various combinations of zebras, horses, donkeys, and ponies. There are zebrass, zebadonks, zenkeys, zebrules, zonies, zetlands, zebrets, donkras,  and hebras. Perhaps the most striking is the zorse.  Eclypse the Zorse is one of the most unusual and beautiful. The mother is a horse and the father was a zebra.

Eclypse the Zorse

Georgia even has its own little zebroid named Pippi for her striped legs resembling the Pippi Longstocking character’s striped tights. Pippi was born in 2010 at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve.  For more about Pippi see the article and video here. 

Can you imagine other unusual animal hybrids? What can you come up with? Comment below.


This is my final post for the A-Z blog challenge. I hope you have enjoyed this series. I have learned some interesting facts researching these articles. I may not be posting every day, but please check back often for new posts! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Z is for Zebroid

  1. Dan Pendley says:

    A teachers job is never done. Had never in my 63 years around here heard of ZEBROID or some of the others you mentioned. With your multiple degrees and past history you “educated” me / us on this and the many other topics / subjects you covered. THANK YOU! I treat each day as a chance to learn something new to add to my bucket of knowledge. Don’t you hate it when you could only answer say 4 questions on an episode of Jeopardy? Then you see on TV common everyday people being interviewed and have no clue on basic subjects that you leaned in 4th grade! Be dangerous, be armed with knowledge!!! Many thanks for all the hard work you put into this A-Z leaning process.

    • georgiajanet says:

      Thank you Dan – I learned a lot myself while researching for the A-Z posts. Taking a break and heading to my happy place at Flagler Beach in the morning!

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