No animal has a more distinctive coat than the zebra. Each animal´s stripes are as unique as fingerprints. No two are exactly alike, although each of the three species (Grant's, Grev's, and Hartman's) has its own general pattern. Zebras have shiny coats that dissipate over 70 percent of incoming heat, and some scientists believe the stripes help the animals withstand intense solar radiation. The black and white stripes are a form of camouflage called disruptive coloration that breaks up the outline of the body. Although the pattern is visible during daytime, at dawn or in the evening when their predators are most active, zebras look indistinct and may confuse predators by distorting true distance.
Facts about the Zebra (Grants)
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