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Grevy's Zebra in coat of life

Grevy's Zebra in coat of life
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Copyright: Tom and Martina Trnka Dobis (DOBIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-09-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1, Kenko Polarizer (PL)
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-02 3:36
Viewed: 4098
Points: 24
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Grevy's Zebra
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Equidae
Genus: Equus
Subgenus: Dolichohippus
Species: E. grevyi
The Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi), sometimes known as the Imperial Zebra, is the largest species of zebra. It is found in the wild in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia, and is considered endangered, partly due to hunting for its skin, which fetches a high price on the world market. Compared to other zebras, it is tall, has large ears, and its stripes are narrower. The species is named after Jules Grévy, a president of France, who, in the 1880s, was given one by the government of Abyssinia.

The Grevy's Zebra differs from all other zebras in its primitive characteristics and different behaviour. In fact, "zebra" does not describe any specific taxon and is used only to refer to black and white striped members of the family Equidae. All members of the family are of the genus Equus, but the genus is commonly subdivided into four subgenera; Equus, Asinus, Hippotigris and Dolichohippus. The plains and mountain zebras belong to Hippotigris, but the Grevy's is the sole species of Dolichohippus. In many respects the Grevy's zebra is more akin to the asses (Asinus) while the other zebras are more closely related to the horses (Equus). In certain regions of Kenya, the Plains and Grevy's Zebras coexist.
Grevy's zebra is the largest of all wild equines. It is 2.5-3 m from head to tail with a 38-75 cm tail, and stands 1.25-1.6 m high at the shoulder. Males weigh 380-450 kg, and females 350-400 kg. The stripes are narrow and close-set, being broader on the neck, and they extend to the hooves. The belly and the area around the base of the tail lack stripes. With all of the stripes closer together and thinner than most of the other zebras, it is easier to make a good escape and to hide from predators. The ears are very large, rounded, and conical. The head is large, long, and narrow, particularly mule-like in appearance. The mane is tall and erect; juveniles having a mane extending the length of the back.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-02 6:08]

Hi Tomas

What a splendid shot!
So much emotions in such a simple shot! Really well managed and taken!
The only thing that comes to mind right now are some lyrics, which can be adapted for this shot. They are something like this:
"Colors are very un-necessary
They can only do harm" :) (Depeche Mode, of course)

Bravo and TFS

bellissima foto e bel gioco di colori. Ciao gigicacco

Hi Tomas
Very nice photo.
Good composition & lighting.

Hi Tomas,

This is a very good capture and composition. This shot caught my eye because I tried to do something very similar the last time I was at the zoo but did not manage to do it as well as you have here! The POV is excellent, I like how the lines of one zebra almost blend into the other. The flash of light is nice but a little bright for my liking, nonetheless it definitely draws attention to the zebra's eye.
Great work! TFS


The lines and lighting in this shot really says it all, great job.


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-10-02 14:46]

Hi Tomas,
Very nice details and sharpness. A fantastic shot very nice in black and white.
gr. paula

Preciosa toma en blanco y negro, lo que imprime una fuerza mayor a la imagen.
Agradable el juego de luces y sombras.
Buen trabajo.
Saludos, JL.

Hi friend!
Good close-up with great details and coposition!
Good details and note!
Take care Ana:)

Hi Tomas,
I like this composition and POV very much. The use of B&W works very well here. Nice contrast between light and shadow. Well done,

Belle composition au graphisme imtéressant.
Bonne journée.

Hello Thomas,

Excellent composition, I really love it. Thanks for sharing. Alain

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-14 13:22]

Hi Tomas,
An strong picture! Great composition, excellent pov and pose. Black & while option is appropriate for this and enhance the mood of the shot. Congratulation!
TFS, José M.

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