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 white stripes. Much like a fingerprint , the stripes on a zebra are unique. No two animals have the same pattern. But why do they have stripes at all? Whether roaming around the zoo or running across the Serengeti, the zebra is an animal that sticks out. The zebra's black and white striped pattern could not be more obvious.
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Zebras' stripes could be used to control their temperature, study reveals
Please refresh the page and retry. T he mystery of how and why the zebra acquired its stripes has puzzled scientists for centuries. But now zoologists believe the alternating black and white markings act as an elaborate cooling system, creating a convection current of air which behaves like a natural fan, helping to evaporate sweat. Former biology technician, Alison Cobb and her zoologist husband, Dr Stephen Cobb of the University of Nairobi , measured the temperature of black and white stripes of two wild-born plains zebra at 15 minute intervals on a sunny day in Kenya. They found that through the day the absorbent black stripes rose to temperatures between F 44C and F 56C but the more reflective white ones stayed between 96F 36C and F 42C.
Why do zebras have stripes? It's what they do with them that counts. Why is the sky blue?