How Does the Zebra Use Its Black and White Stripes as Camouflage Against Predators In the Wild?

The stripes of the zebra set it apart from other members of the equus family, and make it a natural for its home environment.

“Picket fences in suburban neighborhoods?” you may ask.

No, the zebra is quite camouflaged, even in its desert-like environment, through what is called “disruptive discoloration.”

The black stripes on white or yellow background break up the outline of the animal, preventing many predators from seeing the zebra at all.

This is especially true during low-light times of day, when many of their natural enemies hunt.

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