Estimated Wild Population
Zebra tilapias were named for their black and white stripes—which resemble the pattern more commonly associated with zebras. They can grow up to 16 inches long and travel in large groups to fend off larger predators. Zebra tilapias are omnivorous, eating a variety of animals and plants. Females brood their fertilized eggs in their mouth—and keep newborns trapped inside for an additional three months after hatching. Newborns are independent one week after being released, but return to their mother's mouth at night and when sensing danger.
Interesting Fact 1
This species goes by several other names, such as tiger tilapia, hornet cichlid, and zebra cichlid.
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Wildlife face many daunting challenges—some global, like planet-wide climate change, and some that affect individuals, like an animal ingesting plastic—but now is not the time to despair. None of these problems are too big for us to come together and solve.