Sharing moments in time…

Why are Zebra’s striped?


You may already know this, but they are striped so that, when in a group, they look like a large striped mass that a predator cannot distinguish as separate animals to plan an attack.  The second reason is that although they stand out to us against the African background, their main predator, the lion, is colorblind and the zebra’s stripes blend in with the grasses and brush.  I thought this photo was a good example of the first type of camouflage – the two zebras standing end to end look very much like one single animal and it is hard to figure out which way it is going to move as it appears to have two heads.

One or two? or more?

7 responses

  1. These are such beautiful animals. Wonderful photo!

    December 26, 2011 at 9:17 am

    • Always fun to see and try to make something interesting from the pics….

      December 26, 2011 at 10:37 am

    • Thanks Angeline – we didn’t actually see too many of them but they always make a great subject.

      December 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm

  2. Beautiful photo

    December 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    • Not quite a donkey but a great subject anyway 🙂

      December 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm

  3. I like how you describe the blending of the herd into one mass…
    never thought of it. thank you. A photo is worth a thousand words.

    Peace,
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

    December 29, 2011 at 9:57 am

    • Thank goodness – because it would take some time to pen (or type) a thousand words!
      🙂

      December 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm

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