The Mysterious, Free-Roaming Zebras of Hearst Castle

It’s a perfect California day: bright sunshine, a light breeze, warm enough to drive with the windows down. As you cruise up the highway admiring the big, open fields and ponder the vastness of the universe, you glance out the window and notice a handful of zebras munching some grass just in the distance.
When people think California they don’t usually think of Zebras.
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California is widely recognized for its perfect weather, amazing beaches, Hollywood, and…wild zebras?

Sure, Cali is known for its “anything is possible reputation”, but we didn’t think that meant free-range zebras.

Zebras aren’t native to the Americas

However, as wonky as this statement sounds, many animal enthusiasts from all over the globe take a stop along California’s Highway I to admire the exotic beauty of these fascinating animals. What’s interesting about these zebras is that they are not controlled, confined, or monitored by anyone. Sound fishy? Quite the contrary.

It should be noted that Zebras aren’t native to the Americas. In fact, a vast majority of the zebra species, if not all, are found in eastern and southern Africa. So, how did a group of remote animals settle in an area almost 9,000 miles away?

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