The zebras were amazing animals to look at. I felt like I was in Africa, and I also felt the beauty of these amazing creatures. I suggest going and seeing animals in person to allow you to get the most inspiration. Photos seem to not feel as inspiring. Do whatever you feel most comfortable with.
The zebras surprised me because this was my first time seeing a zebra close up. They each had interesting individual personalities. Remember to get to know the animal before you paint them.