Zoologists believe that the stripes of the zebra act as a camouflage mechanism.
The vertical striping helps the zebra hide in grass. At first glance, this may seem absurd considering that grass is neither white nor black, but it makes sense because the zebra's main predator, the lion, is color blind. A zebra standing still in tall grass may not be noticed at all by a lion. However, zebras are herd animals and do not usually travel alone, so the second way the stripes help in camouflage is by confusing the lion — a number of zebras standing or moving close together may appear as one large animal, making it more difficult for the lion to pick out any single zebra to attack.
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Vicky (1442) 2006-12-02 5:29
Good to see a shot of animals in their natural surroundings. Nice positioning of these zebras, which balances the picture well. The one on the right looks like he's saying "goodbye" before he leaves. Thanks for the interesting note too. Best wishes, Vicky
Deepforest (9260) 2006-12-02 6:44
nice contrast with the dry grass. I can see that the light was very strong...