Fact of the day: Why stripes?
There has been a few theories on why zebras have stripes, some suggest it is for camouflage, when running as a group, the zebras stripes can be confusing for predators, making it more difficult to single out the weakest zebras.
But a more interesting theory is that the stripes are used against disease carrying tsetse flies, and thermoregulation.
Due to the fact that zebras digest food less efficiently than other grazers, zebras have to spend more time during the heat of the day eating, so therefore to control body heat the zebras stripes generate small-scale breezes over the zebras body when the light and dark stripes heat up at different rates.
And as for disease carrying flies, it has been found that flies have a hard time recognizing striped surfaces and are therefore less liking to land on them.#tororiverlodges #africa #africanwildlife #africawildlife #safari #safarilife #southafrica #nature #africanature #zebra #wildlife #natgeo #earth #animals