Why do zebras have stripes?

Scientists have a few theories about the fashionable fur of these African equids (the family of mammals that includes horses). Some suspect it’s a type of camouflage to keep these herd animals from standing out in a crowd. The stripes break up the animal’s shape (a tactic known as disruptive coloration) as well as help it blend in with its neigbors, making it hard for a lion to see where one zebra ends and the next one begins. A more recent theory suggests that the zebra’s coloration repels bloodsucking insects, which don’t like to land on stripes. The stripes might be a natural pest control.


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