The Zany Z Animals!

Just to enrich our knowledge about the animal kingdom; here are seven animals whose names start with the letter “Z”.

Just to enrich our knowledge about the animal kingdom; here are seven animals whose names start with the letter “Z”.

Zigzag Salamander

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The Zigzag Salamander is relatively small as compared to other salamander. It is only about  6 to 11 cm long. Zigzag salamander’s abdomen carries white and reddish orange markings with zigzag edges. It is widespread in some U.S states that includes: southern Illinois Alabama, North Carolina Tennessee, central Indiana as well as Missouri.  Zigzag salamanders are usually found in moist or wet habitats hiding in rocks, dead logs and leaf litters. This salamander feasts on small arthropods and earthworms.

Zenaida Dove

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Zenaida Dove or Eared dove (Zenaida auriculata) is found throughout South America inhabiting open fields, agricultural lands and savannahs. The Eared Dove can be distinguish by its brown upper feathers long wedge-shaped tail and black markings on its wings. It may grow to about 24 cm long and weighs about 112 g. Known to be agricultural pests, they feed on seeds found on the ground.


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Zeren or the Mongolian gazelle (Procapra gutturosa), is a fairly-sized antelope that is found abundantly in Mongolia, and some part of China. It grows to about 100 to 150 cm in body length and weighs 20 to 39 kg.
During summer, Zeren’s coat shows a pinkish tones but becomes paler during winter. Adult males carry lyre-shaped horns. Zeren are known to be fast runners and swimmers.


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Zorilla or the Striped Polecat (Ictonyx striatus), appears like skunk but actually is a member of the weasel family. It is widespread in southern and western Africa living in savannahs and grasslands. Striped polecats have black fur with white stripes, and white spots on the face. On average, they grow to about 26 cm long and weigh 1.21 kg. They are nocturnal and carnivores whose diet includes:  small rodents, insects, frogs, lizards, snakes and birds.

Zone-tailed Pigeon

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Zone-tailed pigeon or The Pink-bellied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula poliocephala), is a fruit-eating bird that is native to the Philippines. It has dark gray plumage, red eyes, pale gray head and tails and pink belly. Due to habitat loss, zone-tailed pigeons fall under the “near threatened” bird species according to the 2000 IUCN Red List.


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Zebu (Bos indicus), is found in India, some parts of East Asia, and Africa. There are about 75 extant species of this so called “humped cattle”. Aside from the fatty humps, Zebu also has big dewlaps, long legs. curving horns and drooping ears. They come in different colors such as; black, gray, or bay. In India, Zebu are used as draught oxen and beef cattle.


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Zebras are African horses whose distinctive marks is their white and black stripes that is unique to each individual. Zebras are known to be social animals that  are found  in savannahs, grasslands, and coastal hills living in herds. Zebras can grow  up to 3,5 to 5 feet at shoulder’s height and can weigh between 200 to 450 kg depending upon the type of species. There are three known species of Zebra namely: Plains Zebra or Burchell Zebra, Grévy’s Zebra and the Mountain Zebra. Zebras are herbivore and feed mainly on grass.

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30 Responses to “The Zany Z Animals!”
  1. John Cornor Says...

    On August 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    nice post. Now i can use Z not only for Zibra.hehehe.

  2. zain0077 Says...

    On August 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Beautiful photos,Thanks for sharing.

  3. maranatha Says...

    On August 20, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    These are great photos! I must take exception to acouple of details: zebras are not horses, nor are gazelles antelopes. Similar, but not the same. I thoroughly enjoyed this article, though!

  4. webseowriters Says...

    On August 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Very nice, thanks for sharing

  5. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On August 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Very nice pictures, Especially the zebras one looks as if he’s ready to take a bite of the other one.

  6. giftarist Says...

    On August 20, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Cool Z animals. :) Great share, kabayan.

  7. Brewed Coffee Says...

    On August 20, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Zzzzobrang galing! I learned a lot from this post. So Z is not only for zebra. Cool!

  8. Brenda Nelson Says...

    On August 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Zebus are actually rather popular as exotic pets here in Alberta Canada, we see them a lot at the exotic livestock auctions. Some are broke to ride!

  9. Goodselfme Says...

    On August 21, 2010 at 12:33 am

    I never heard of the Zebu. thank you for the education.

  10. amilia snow Says...

    On August 21, 2010 at 1:24 am

    i liked the zorilla :)

  11. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On August 21, 2010 at 2:24 am

    d b kasama ang zhark…hehehehe

  12. bryeunade Says...

    On August 21, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Nice one. I can use this for my kids schoolwork.

  13. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On August 21, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Most of these animals are completely new to me. A very well researched article.


  14. Jimmy Shilaho Says...

    On August 21, 2010 at 7:13 am

    What a list, I only knew of the zebu and the zebra.

  15. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On August 21, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I didn’t knew there were so many animals in Z. I really loved this share.

  16. LoveDoctor Says...

    On August 21, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Cute piece. I love zebras. As far as the rest of the animals, I had never heard of them prior to reading. thanks for sharing

  17. MsPatriciaDV Says...

    On August 21, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Zone-tailed pigeon pala tawag dun…hey this is one good article! i learned a lot. Zzzzzuuuppppeerrr!

  18. Mark Gordon Brown Says...

    On August 21, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    The dove was my favorite, I shall write a link soon because one of my doves has hatched an egg.

  19. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On August 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    zebra was my faves..excellent share. very well written piece papa. thanks :)

  20. sandcastle Says...

    On August 21, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Interesting subject. Well written and informative.

  21. Phoenix Montoya Says...

    On August 22, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Na pa yuckk naman ako dun sa una. Well, very much terrified of its class :( But this is a very informative and well researched article kuya. Well done :)

  22. Richie Montalbo Says...

    On August 23, 2010 at 5:27 am

    I didn’t know there were a lot of Z animals. Thanks!

  23. valli Says...

    On August 23, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Cool stuff.

  24. mkd1788 Says...

    On August 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    ohh…ho…awesome pic…beautiful pic you have collected..something new information i read today..

  25. PR Mace Says...

    On August 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Well done educational article.

  26. Rhodora Bande Says...

    On August 26, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Well-researched article. Talagang 7 lang? Wala ng iba? Hehe. More….

  27. zulfiqarali5 Says...

    On August 28, 2010 at 8:54 am

    zebu was gud information … thanks nice share ! also chk my work dear

  28. eddiego65 Says...

    On August 29, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Zpectacular pics. Great information.

  29. mysocalledlife Says...

    On September 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    can i bring home the zorilla? hehehe

  30. earthlyjewels Says...

    On September 16, 2010 at 7:27 am

    i like the zorilla…cute! Thanks for the post.

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