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A Grant's zebra enjoying the African sun.
Image Source: Gary M. Stolz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Fact: Black stripes on white or white stripes on black? Some zebras are born with unfully formed stripes that seem to indicate a black background, pigment, or skin color with white stripes. But, how can zebra stripes be useful for camouflage? Since a lion, one of the zebra's main predators, is color blind, the pattern of the zebra's stripes is more crucial than color for the zebra to blend with its background. A mass of blended stripes from a large, moving group of zebras makes it difficult for the lion to plan an attack on any specific zebra. Like fingerprints, zebras have uniquely identifiable stripes -- useful to one another and scientists. They seem to get some kind of pleasure from looking at stripes. Stripes seem to be so important to the zebra that black and white stripes painted on a wall will attract zebras to group near the wall.
Sources: Auckland Zoo, HowStuffWorks, International Wildlife, "New Life For A Vanished Zebra? - efforts to breed the 'extinct' quagga zebra in South Africa," March 1999, p. 6, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson Zoological Society.

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Two startled zebras at sunset.

Image Sources: Illustration from the "Illustrated Natural History of the Animal Kingdom, Being a Systematic and Popular Description of the Habits, Structure, and Classification of Animals, from the Highest to the Lowest Forms, with Their Relations to Agriculture, Commerce, Manufactures, and the Arts," by S. G. Goodrich, Vol. I, 1859. Colored by Fun Zebra Pictures & Facts; African sunset taken by Gary M. Stolz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Fact: All zebras belong to the taxonomic order of Perissodactyla, which means "odd toed" or "single toed." Included in this order are tapirs, rhinoceroses, and horses. The zebra's hoof is actually an elongated third toe, where the other toes are simply not visible.
Source: Nashville Zoo

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