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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?