Sunday, November 14, 2010
A Fun Trip to the Zoo
Attempts have been made to train zebras for riding, since they have better resistance than horses to African diseases. Most of these attempts failed, though, due to the zebra's more unpredictable nature and tendency to panic under stress. For this reason, zebra-mules or zebroids (crosses between any species of zebra and a horse, pony, donkey or ass) are preferred over purebred zebras.
In England, the zoological collector Lord Rothschild frequently used zebras to draw a carriage. In 1907, Rosendo Ribeiro, the first doctor in Nairobi, Kenya, used a riding zebra for house calls. In the mid-19th century, Governor George Grey imported zebras to New Zealand from his previous posting in South Africa, and used them to pull his carriage on his privately owned Kawau Island.
tsetse fly. He considered the quagga well-suited to domestication due to being easy to train to saddle and harness.
So it appears at least one person was able to train them. I would be interested to know if there are other stories about them.
I have not found out the name of these animals, even after looking on the Zoo's website. I just like how they blended in with the rocks.
I have a few more photos but will save those for another day.