The reason Zebras have stripes
Aug 18, 2020
We may have finally answered one of the animal world’s biggest mysteries; why Zebras have stripes! And the reason is more spectacular than you think...
Solving a riddle this big took a horse sized effort. Literally. However, when researchers attached massive coloured coats to regular horses they noticed something quite remarkable.
Horse flies (which in Africa can carry potentially lethal diseases like sleeping sickness) experienced major fails when they tried to land on the black and white zebra coat. They either missed it completely or spectacularly crashed into the stripes and fell to the ground.
It’s believed the stripes dazzle the eyes of the flies ultimately providing those dressed in the black and white with the best chemical free fly repellent on the planet. So when it comes to interesting research, Ze-bra has really been raised.