When looking at pictures of zebras you may notice some of them seem to be brown and some seem to be black. So what color are they? Zebras are black and white. No matter what subgenus. So why do some appear to be brown? When zebras are born they are brown. However their coloring soon changes to black. If you every spot a zebra that appears to be brown in coloring, you are looking at a young zebra, probably in the first few months of it’s life. However the right answer to the question are zebras black or brown: black.