The zebra’s famous stripes help it to hide from its enemies.  When you see a zebra in the zoo, its stripes make it stand out clearly.  But in its wild home on the African plains, the zebra is not so easily recognized.

When seen from a distance, the black or brown stripes on a whitish background form a camouflage pattern.

This pattern breaks up the outline of the zebra’s body into deceptive shapes that blend in with the scenery.

Since zebras normally live in the same grasslands as lions, their main enemy, this protection is very necessary for the zebra.–Dick Rogers