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Baobab treehouse

Vultures in Africa

Baobab tree

Zebra

Zebras

Zebra tail

Keywords: Stock Photo Picture Africa African Safari African Wildlife Animals Behind Burchell's Zebra Butt Common Zebra Dark Continent EAC East Africa East African Community Eastern Africa Equus burchelli Equus quagga boehmi Fauna Grant's Zebra Nature Outdoors Plains Zebra Safari Style Sub-Saharan Africa Tanzania Tanzanian Safari Tarangire National Park United Republic of Tanzania Vertical Wildlife Zebra Tail

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Zebra tail

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Africa African Safari African Wildlife Animals Behind Burchell's Zebra Butt Common Zebra Dark Continent EAC East Africa East African Community Eastern Africa Equus burchelli Equus quagga boehmi Fauna Grant's Zebra Nature Outdoors Plains Zebra Safari Style Sub-Saharan Africa Tanzania Tanzanian Safari Tarangire National Park United Republic of Tanzania Vertical Wildlife Zebra Tail Images Pictures Pics Photographs Fotos Stock Photos
Notes:
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania - The Zebra is a member of the horse family, native to eastern and southern Africa. They are best known for their distinctive white and black stripes which come in different patterns unique to each individual. Zoologists believe that the stripes act as a camouflage mechanism. This is accomplished in several ways. First, the vertical striping helps the zebra hide in grass. While seeming absurd at first glance considering that grass is neither white nor black, it is supposed to be effective against the zebra's main predator, the lion, which is colour blind. Theoretically a zebra standing still in tall grass may not be noticed at all by a lion. Additionally, since zebras are herd animals, the stripes may help to confuse predators - a number of zebras standing or moving close together may appear as one large animal, making it more difficult for the lion to pick out any single zebra to attack. A herd of zebras scattering to avoid a predator will also represent to that predator a confused mass of vertical stripes travelling in multiple directions making it difficult for the predator to track an individual visually as it separates from its herdmates, although biologists have never observed lions appearing confused by zebra stripes. A more recent theory, supported by experiment, posits that the disruptive colouration is also an effective means of confusing the visual system of the blood-sucking tsetse fly. Alternative theories include that the stripes coincide with fat patterning beneath the skin, serving as a thermoregulatory mechanism for the zebra, and that wounds sustained disrupt the striping pattern to clearly indicate the fitness of the animal to potential mates.
City/Location:
Tarangire National Park
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N/A
Country:
Tanzania
Camera:
Aperture:
8.0
Shutter Speed:
1/200s
ISO Setting:
1000
Focal Length:
560.0mm
Image ID:
Tanzania_2649-Zebra_Tail
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