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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills were well developed, and he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team as a result. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the photographic skills ...

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on How Do Zebras Lose Their Tails?

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Callum Evans
Guest contributor

A surprising answer, but one that makes sense!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Interesting. I have always thought that it was a predator that bit the zebra’s tails off. Never realized it was another male zebra. Thought they just kicked each other. I did see a video though of a male zebra biting and kicking a foal trying to kill it.

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

Interesting article, James! I have seen zebras fight and they are tenacious. The teeth are often bared. Now I know why! Love the photo of the male lion at the feet of the zebra! Ouch! 🤣

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Fascinating. I have seen zebras engaged in “mock” battle, but have never witnessed the actual fighting between males for the rights to a female. There is still so much for me to learn about life in the bush. Thanks for another lesson.

Stan Watson
Explorer

Astounding photography! Londolozi gives me my daily vitamin dose of animal photography and stories. Please help a visitor who admits to limited knowledge of the workings of Condé Nast Traveler. My question then is under which category would I vote for Londolozi on the Condé Nast site?

Judith Guffey
Senior Digital Ranger

Hmmm. Will have to be on the lookout for a ‘tailless’ zebra on my next trip to Londolozi.

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