Experts aren’t exactly sure as to the purpose of the zebra’s stripes. The main theory as to why zebras evolved with them is related to camouflage, as vertical striping might help zebras hide in tall grasses by obscuring their outline. Similarly, a group of zebras standing together might confuse a predator because of the many different stripes blending together. On the other hand, some experiments have found that striped animals actually draw less interest from flies, parasitical ones included!
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 11.5 L x 4 W x 9 H
- Size in in: 4.53 L x 1.57 W x 3.54 H
Grevy’s zebras are listed as endangered, while mountain zebras are listed as vulnerable. Plains or common zebras have a status of least concern. The main threats that Grevy’s zebras face include habitat loss, hunting, disease and reduced water sources, while mountain zebras are threatened by hunting and competition with livestock for water. Zebras are legally protected by international legislation.