Zag the Zonkey
Zag is a young ZONKEY (half zebra, half donkey). As a young ZONKEY, Zag hears a lot of comments by young zebras who make fun of his long ears, buck teeth and skinny legs. He doesn’t look like the other zebras, but Zomma and Zadda always tell him he is special and that he can offer something to the herd that no one else can. He has a unique stripe pattern that helps fight off outside predators and he tries to think about how he can remain a true herd mate.
Zadda is a purebred donkey . He is married to Zomma a loving, kind zebra who he met at Serengeti University. They have two zonkey children, Zag and Zig. Everyone stared and laughed at Zadda the donkey when he entered the Zebra herd because he didn’t look like everyone else. The other zebras would laugh and talk about the zonkey family behind their back. Zadda never talked badly about the other zebra families though and he spent time getting to know each zebra in the herd. Over time the other zebras started to look past his donkey looks and accepted him into the herd. Zadda thought is was important for Zig and Zag to see him committed to #herdwork so he spends much of his time during the day committed to helping the herd. He is always looking for opportunities to play with his zonkey children and use those opportunities to teach good herd lessons.
Zomma is a committed Zebra Mom. She spends her day managing her Zebra work including grazing, collecting grass for her family while also watching over her sweet Zonkey children, Zag and Zig. Zomma is a pure bread zebra and is married to Zadda who is a donkey. She understands that her children are “different” and encourages them to be proud of who they are. She tells them that they each have strengths and they should always be themselves and treat others kindly (as they would want to be treated). Every day, Zomma tries to balance the desire to give her children the freedom to roam the grasslands and learn how to function on their own, while also understanding that poor decisions will lead to natural consequences that ultimiately could cost them their life. She is a loving, listening, positive, encouraging and disciplined Zomma who is committed to #herdwork.