A commonly asked question is “Are Zebras white with black stripes, or black with white stripes?” The color of a zebra is black with white coloring. Even though a zebra’s belly and underside is white so it would appear they are white with black stripes, it is just a coincidence. Most animals have lighter colored undersides.
They reason zebra stripes evolved is to confused their predators, who are mainly lions. Lions are color blind so the zebra’s stripe helps them blend into grass. Also, lions can’t focus on one individual zebra to attack when they are all running in a group. The lion has a hard time making out where the head and tail.
Every zebra has a unique stripe pattern. This is how they tell each other apart. The stripes come in handy in breeding season because if a zebra was injured and therefore physically unfit, you can see so in their stripe coloration. Zebra are attracted to stripes. If you are in a zoo, you will notice sometimes the wall in the zebra pen is painted with stripes. The zebras will stand near other zebras or the wall. The zebra stripes main purpose is camouflage.
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