Just like other animals evolved to have special features, zebras evolved to have stripes! Scientists have a few different ideas about ways in which a zebra’s stripes have been helpful to this neat-looking animal which all probably have something to do with why zebras have this beautiful, stripy pattern!
One good example is that it’s believed the stripes help zebras to camouflage, hide from, or confuse animals such as lions who hunt for them. Their special coat is also thought to help most zebras with keeping off extra heat and sun! Additionally, the stripes are helpful for identification – every zebra has a completely different pattern so stripes can be used for telling different zebras apart! New research also indicates the colors might help keep away disease-carrying bugs like the horsefly, because the stripes seem to confuse the bugs. COOL!!