The plains of Africa are home to a huge variety of animals and draw in safari seekers from all over the world. The conditions here can be very harsh, yet still many animals are able to thrive with herds containing millions of individuals being found. Among them is the zebra, with its black and white stripes making it one of the more recognizable species. They roam the plains and other habitats that they share with the other species that make their home here.
The plains of Africa are a dangerous place to live and the zebras need to be alert at all times. Lions and other predators stalk these lands looking for an opportunity for a meal. A full-grown zebra can feed a lion pride for days, and they are at the top of the menu. The zebra is not completely helpless though and has adapted to be able to fight back in an otherwise unforgiving environment.
As one of the most noticeable of all animals on the plains of Africa, the zebra is also one of the most popular. They are an animal that lives a truly fascinating life with many great facts to share about them.
Zebra Fact #10: About Those Stripes
It has long been thought that the zebra’s stripes are a form of camouflage. While the contrast between black and white may appear to make then stand out to us, it could still be effective on the savannah. The lion, a zebra’s main threat, is color-blind making it difficult for them to distinguish between the long grasses and the zebra’s stripes. The stripes may also make it harder for lions and other predators to identify individuals within a herd, making it difficult for them to choose a single target.
A recent study, however, has shown that their stripes may not be for camouflage at all. Researchers in Tanzania undertook a study of zebras and determined that the stripes will be ineffective at helping them to blend in. No study has yet come to a conclusion over just what they are for, although there is some evidence that the stripes help the zebras to regulate their body temperature. It is also thought the stripes could help to protect the zebra against insect bites.