A zebra cannot run faster than a horse. The top speed of a zebra is approximately 40 miles per hour. The top speed of a horse is approximately 54.7 miles per hour, with a world record of 55 miles per hour.

While a zebra is not as fast as a horse, it has good endurance which allows it to outpace its predators. Zebras also have the ability to zig-zag while running from predators, making it difficult to be caught. Just like horses, zebras run at increasing speeds of a trot, a canter and a gallop. If cornered, a zebra fights back by kicking and biting.