Zebras: What Is Up With The Stripes?

Zebras are one of the first animals you identify as a kid. Usually to help you remember the letter Z. These notorious black and white striped animals have evolved over thousands of years to be a primary species in the grasslands of Africa. Believe it or not, the Zebra’s black and white pattern is for camouflage to blend in with the tall grass of their environment. Now, I know what you are thinking, “grass is green and zebras are black and white.” Well, it actually doesn’t matter because Zebra’s main predators such as the lion and hyena are color blind. So, this means that the green grass and black and whiter stripes look the same to them. This is an amazing example of how evolution creates the easiest and most efficient way of survival.

When the Zebra is spotted by their predators they have alternative ways of evading death. Their long powerful legs allow them to run at speed of up to 40 mph (64 kph). Sometimes this is not fast enough to outrun the 50 mph (80 kph) lion. Zebras may also look cool and seem friendly but, they are actually on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. Zebras are extremely angry animals that have short tempers. They can even be so dangerous and temperamental that their most feared predator, the lion, will back off.

The Zebra is an amazing animal to look at from a distance with its strong and sleek stature but beware of their temper because there is a reason these animals have survived so long in one of the most dangerous places in the world.

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