Z is for Zebra

This week’s letter assignment is the letter Z.


OK, so I wanted to go the NC Zoo, about an hour drive from where I live. My inner 5 year-old really, really wanted to go. I also wanted to take my own photos. It didn’t happen *sigh*.  I guess it was for the best as it was a million degrees this past weekend, with the humidity ratcheting up the temperature to a billion, so I sat in the comfort of my A/C with my laptop and got these great pictures from their photo gallery.

According to National Geographic:

“No animal has a more distinctive coat than the zebra. Each animal’s stripes are as unique as fingerprints—no two are exactly alike—although each of the three species has its own general pattern.”

Why do zebras have stripes at all? Scientists aren’t sure, but many theories center on their utility as some form of camouflage. The patterns may make it difficult for predators to identify a single animal from a running herd and distort distance at dawn and dusk. Or they may dissuade insects that recognize only large areas of single-colored fur or act as a kind of natural sunscreen. Because of their uniqueness, stripes may also help zebras recognize one another.”

“Zebras are social animals that spend time in herds. They graze together, primarily on grass, and even groom one another.”



“Plains (also known as Burchell’s or Grant’s) zebras are the most common species. They live in small family groups consisting of a male (stallion), several females, and their young. These units may combine with others to form awe-inspiring herds thousands of head strong, but family members will remain close within the herd.”


Visiting the Zoo animals  in my living room, I thought I would release my Zebra from the captivity of my plate rack, and set a tray with my other Zoo animals this week for my tablescape. . .

 Zebra/Tiger/ Leopard Plate – Raymond Waites for Certified International
Leopard Print Tray – Raymond Waites for Toyo
Animal Flatware- Murval
Leopard Glasses – Global Amici
Animal coffee mugs – Pier 1
Leopard Pitcher – Raymond Waites for Certified International
Runner –  Sweet Dreams
Napkin – Bed, Bath & Beyond

Get Some Stripes! as the box recommends and satisfy your junk food cravings with these. . .

  Little Debbie Zebra Cakes for dessert~

Zebra Cake Trifle~ layers of chocolate pudding, whipped cream and of course, Little Debbie Zebra Cakes.

If you’re looking for a good book to read in the comfort of your A/C to escape the heat~ try this one about a Dog named Enzo and a Zebra.

I highly recommend The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein~ You can read an Edible Review of this Book here.


It was the Zebra.”

Chloe & Gracie agree with Enzo~ the Zebra is very sneaky and evil and must be watched at all times. . .

Thanks to my hostesses to this week’s parties I’m linking to:

 Jenny Matlock’s Aphabe-Thursday for Alphabet Fun

 Susan ~ Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

  34 comments for “Zebra

  1. July 14, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    oh my… we are on the same wave length! i have been picking our giraffe dishes for days, how timely is this? oh, and gorgeous to boot! frankly, i am much more a cat person anyway, i want all your stuff… i love all your textures and patterns, i am feeling poorly about what i wanted to buy now… face it, you are queen of the jungle!

    and zebra trifle, correction, you are KING of the jungle!

    i love those little pumpkins with the zebra, today jasper ripped open his giraffe… see our lives are so parallel! except mine is messy~

  2. soulintention: signed .............bkm
    July 14, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Great “Z” – post – beautiful tablescapes….blessings…bkm

  3. July 14, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Oh I think Zebras are so so cool!

  4. JDaniel4's Mom
    July 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I love all the facts about zebras. They were really interesting. The zebra trifle looks so yummy.

  5. July 14, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Beautiful zebra pictures! Your dogs are adorable!

  6. July 14, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    great Z post. like those zebra handle cups and I going to check out that rain book

  7. July 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I love zebras but I never knew much about them until now, thanks. I loved your tablescape with all the wild animals. Loved the two pooches with their zebra toy. Too cute. Great Z post.

  8. July 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I love your animals from Africa themed table. Great animal mugs!

  9. July 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Oh, how I treasure my visits to Home is Where the boat Is. You have the most amazingly creative mind. The zebra is one of my favorite animals and did a fantastic job of pulling this all together from the amazing zoo photos to your exotic table setting to the whimsy of the zebra cakes and Chloe and Gracie with their zebra. All very clever! Absolutely enjoyed this one!!! ~ Sarah

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  11. July 14, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    your photos are amazing…but what i really love is all of your animal place setting items…gorgeous!

  12. July 15, 2010 at 1:27 am

    WOW! You had me at the Alice in Wonderland’s tea party. Since then I’ve never missed one of your Tscapes. This one is so original and creative, it’s right up there with Alice. Personally, I think YOU are the one that needs to make a tablescape book. Your work is Fabulous!. Jackie P.S. I also would like to see how a Tscape comes together sometime and what is the inspiration for it…… sort of a “step by step” if you will.

  13. July 15, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Glorious ZEBRAS!!! Great photos! Sweet pups!

    (Come visit my ZEBRAS too!)

  14. July 15, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Super ‘Z’ post – love the shots of Chloe & Gracie! Are they bichons too like me?

    It’s been great meeting over the past 26 weeks!

    Happy Alphabe-Thursday,


    PS Mine this week is HERE. Hope you can join me!

  15. July 15, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Great Z post. Zebra’s are beautiful. I enjoyed this alot.

  16. July 15, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Very, very nice theme … and I always love seeing the dog/people!! They are beautiful … and your table was really well done … all the special touches to complete the theme!

  17. July 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

    What a unique table! Those trays are really cool! Nice to see your furry friends too.

  18. July 15, 2010 at 11:42 am

    What beautiful photos! I love all your animal-themed dishes and accompaniments. Beautiful home!!

  19. July 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Wow, what a fun stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday’s letter “Z”!

    I will show our middle Grand this post tomorrow. She adores zebras!

    I adored your pictures AND your table setting AND visiting you each week during this meme.

    Thank you for linking and sharing!

    You are really zonderful!


  20. July 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    What a fun to see all those zebra patterns. The tablesetting is so stunning. The plates are just beautiful and with all the other details you catched a real djungle feeling. Love those little white puppies. Give them a caress of me.
    Greetings, Johanna

  21. Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections
    July 15, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I love this! The colors are so calming and the stripes are so fun! I love the plates and your setting! Thanks so much for sharing!

  22. July 15, 2010 at 4:56 pm


    Great zebras or as they say in the UK, zeabras. I lived in South Africa and used to think they were black and white. Actually the stripes are brown, some are pale while others are darker. When I went on safaris I thought they would stand out but I was surprised to see that their color scheme does blend in with the background. Same goes for giraffes. They were quite hard to “spot”. Thanks for sharing.


  23. Kat
    July 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I wondered if someone was going to choose Zebra. They are such interesting animals. Love your animal plates, and those leopard glasses are gorgeous! Great Z post.

  24. H
    July 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    That trifle looks mouth watering! And the dogs are sweet; not to mention watchful of sneaky stuffed zebra toy :)

  25. July 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Lovely photographic choices for your post…great table settings…very nice…Peace and blessings

  26. Pondside
    July 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Well done……especially the dessert!

  27. Tess
    July 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    What a wonderful post.!! Love the info on the zebra and then all of the animal prints!!! Another book (series) that follows this theme is “The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith. The main character actually lives on Zebra Drive!! Charming and fun read

    Thanks for sharing!

  28. July 15, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Thanks for the interesting info on zebras! Loved the amazing pics and your zebra plates, flatware, etc., especially the Zebra Cake Trifle! Thanks for sharing.

  29. jo
    July 16, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Chloe and Gracie are just gorgeous! and their zebra does look shifty!

  30. July 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Sorry you didn’t get a chance to take your own photos at the zoo. I’m so glad you stayed cool and still posted photos. The shots the zoo has online are gorgeous.

    Love your all-animal tablescape too.

  31. July 16, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I love your zebra pics and the animal tablescape.

    It’s always fun to stop by here!

  32. July 16, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    What fun! OK, I WAS beginning to wonder if there would be a tablescape, but I was definitely intrigued. ;)

    Wonderful images, and your exotic table looks so rich and inviting. And that zebra cake trifle? I think I’m in love!!!

  33. July 17, 2010 at 2:45 am

    You really did a great job putting everything together. I really like your dishes. Have a nice weekend, Mary

  34. July 17, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Well, happy Z day :)
    Goodness look at the zebras. Wow and right on cue!
    It has been 26 weeks of fun…and you have ended the show with a bang! Great idea to keep adding the patterns and types of zebra related things. Well done.

    hope you can visit my z when you have time :)

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