Why do Zebras have stripes?

Why do Zebras have stripes? The question has plagued scientists for centuries. Now biologists at the University of California have come up with an answer, which is that their stripes help protect them from biting flies. The scientists believe zebra monochrome markings evolved in order to repel biting insects, such as horseflies, which tend to avoid striped surfaces.

So next time you go on holiday and you are attacked by mosquito bites wear some striped clothing and it should help protect you. Certainly it will help cut the risk of you being bitten. Scientists though have cautioned this last thought. Tim Caro, lead author and UC Davis professor of wildlife biology explains…

Category: Animals / Zebras / Africa