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A zebra's stripes are theorized to protect against predators by camouflaging an individual zebra within a herd, but they may also be a natural insect repellent.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebra

Zebras are several species of African equids (horse family) united by their distinctive black and ... The unique stripes of zebras make them one of the animals most familiar to people. They occur in a variety of habitats, ... Although zebra species may have overlapping ranges, they do not interbreed. In captivity, plains zebras ...

news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/01/150113-zebras-stripes-evolution-animals-science-africa

Jan 15, 2015 ... A leopard may not be able to change its spots, but some zebras change their stripes. Zebras in warmer places have more stripes, a new study ...

www.livescience.com/49447-zebras-stripes-cooling.html

Jan 14, 2015 ... Plains zebras living in central Africa, like this one in Uganda, tend to have more defined stripes than plains zebras living in more Southern, ...

wonderopolis.org/wonder/why-do-zebras-have-stripes-2

Although most people tend to think of the zebra as a white animal with black stripes, scientists have discovered that the zebra is actually a black animal with ...

blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2014/04/02/why-do-zebras-have-stripes-riddle-finally-solved

Apr 2, 2014 ... Scientists have offered a number of theories for zebras' stripes - but it turns out, the pattern evolved to deter biting flies.

www.ucdavis.edu/news/zebra-stripes-not-camouflage-new-study-finds

Jan 22, 2016 ... In earlier studies, Caro and other colleagues have provided evidence suggesting that the zebra's stripes provide an evolutionary advantage by ...

www.theguardian.com/science/animal-magic/2014/apr/02/why-do-zebras-have-stripes-scientists-have-the-answer

Apr 2, 2014 ... There have been many explanations for the zebra's impressive stripes. New research strongly suggests that they have evolved to deter ...

www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0123/Why-do-zebras-have-stripes-It-s-not-for-camouflage-say-scientists.

Jan 23, 2016 ... New research appears to discredit the age-old theory that zebras' stripes help them evade predators. But if this hypothesis no longer holds up ...

newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/why-do-zebras-have-stripes

Jan 29, 2015 ... ‚ÄčOne of nature's fascinating questions is how zebras got their stripes. A team of life scientists led by UCLA's Brenda Larison has found at least ...