Photo: Zebra Stripes

March 10th, 2009 by Smithsonian Journeys
Photo: Edgar Angelone, Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Photo: Edgar Angelone, Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Zebras‘ stripes come in different patterns unique to each individual. Generally social animals, zebra “harems,” or groups, range from small family units to large herds. Some zoologists believe that the stripes act as a camouflage mechanism, with the vertical stripes helping the zebra to hide in grass from lions, who are color blind. Stripes are also believed to play a role in sexual attractions, with slight variations of the pattern allowing the animals to distinguish between individuals.

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4 Responses to “Photo: Zebra Stripes”

  1. Brian Says:

    This picture makes me dizzy whenever I look at it!

    I didn’t know that lions were color blind, but camouflage is definitely the best reason I’ve heard for zebras being so uniquely garbed.

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  3. kaitlynn Says:

    hey omg i luv zebra’s they are awsum

  4. ashley ricks Says:

    I love zebras.they have the buttleful skin cloer ever out of all anmal ever

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