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I Photographed A Zorse – The Hybrid Most People Don’t Think Exists (10 Photos)
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I Photographed A Zorse – The Hybrid Most People Don’t Think Exists (10 Photos)

Last year, I met an animal which I thought would only exist in my fantasy: a zorse, the hybrid between a zebra stallion and a horse mare. Zuri, the mare you see in the photo, was only 1.5 years old and although I’ve been working as a photographer with horses for over 6 years, this was different from anything I’ve known so far.

The wild instinct is very strong in zorses and I had to rethink a lot of techniques to get the animal’s attention during the session. While a horse is a typical flight animal, a zorse is ready to fight. A horse is curious, a zorse doesn’t want to be bothered, which makes the interaction during photo sessions a challenge. In Africa, zorses are often bred to be trekking animals to transport people and goods through tough landscapes. They are strong, light-feed and very resistant to illness – they combine the best features of both a zebra and a horse.

Outside Africa, where I met this particular zorse, these hybrids are very rare and usually bred for simple lifestyle and visual reasons. Zuri is a sweet mare, with a flicker of wilderness in her eyes and I wanted to create photos that express the proud exotic miracle she is.

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Proud crossbreed between a zebra and a horse

In the European jungle…

Do you see her marks? Just beautiful!

A sweet mare, as you can see from the soft look on her face

Making of

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Rosie Hamilton
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Stunning - an absolutely gorgeous animal.

LinnyTheGuinea
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3 years ago

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3ke
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And similar to the mule, zorses are born sterile

R.s. Potter
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's kind of surprising how few chromosomes zebras have, compared with horses. It almost seem to point to a genetic bottleneck far back in time, perhaps even a near-extinction.

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Paola Martz
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Its mane looks like a mohawk :D

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Rosie Hamilton
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Stunning - an absolutely gorgeous animal.

LinnyTheGuinea
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3 years ago

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3ke
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And similar to the mule, zorses are born sterile

R.s. Potter
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's kind of surprising how few chromosomes zebras have, compared with horses. It almost seem to point to a genetic bottleneck far back in time, perhaps even a near-extinction.

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Paola Martz
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Its mane looks like a mohawk :D

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