Zebras makes a series of noises. If looking for a mate they bray like a donkey but when trying to find another zebra it becomes high-pitched and short, almost like a shrill dog bark. They also make the typical horse sounds, snorting and whinnying. They communicate their mood by using their tails and ears. Much like a horse, the ears will be upright when they are calm, forward if they are frightened, but flattened backwards when they are angry. Extremely fast, they can reach speeds of up to 65km per hour, and with their extraordinary stamina, they use zig-zag movements to evade predators. Their speed is displayed in the annual migration, with the approximately 1.5 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras, crossing the Serengeti plains in Tanzania, much like the canvas prints in the series.
Of the three different species, the plains zebra is the most common, found in southern and eastern Africa. The mountain zebra has a white belly and originates from south-west Africa. The rarest species, the Grévy's zebra is the largest and inhabits grassland in Northern Kenya, and is classified as endangered.