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|HABITAT:||arid grasslands and savannah|
|Lifespan:||males 9-14 years; females 14-18 years|
The zebra’s stripes may be one of nature’s subtlest forms of camouflage. Scientists believe the stripes echo the “waviness” of the air on the hot African savannah. From only a few hundred yards, the zebras seem to blend into the shimmering horizon. Their stripes also help the zebras camouflage with the rest of the herd. Traveling in large herds, the striped pattern of one zebra blends in with the stripes of the zebras around it. Predators then have trouble picking out their prey, seeing a disorienting,
If camouflage wasn’t enough, the stripes also act as protection against blood-sucking insects. The contrasting stripes make the zebras less attractive to the insects.
Status in the Wild:
|How you can help:||Grevy’s zebras rely on the already scarce resources of the savannah for their survival. As human development grows, the zebras have to compete for land and water. They compete for food with the cattle that is brought in by farmers and for water that is used for agriculture. You can help by supporting organizations that increase and create new protected lands, so the zebra does not have to compete for survival.|
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