Zebras are a very common sight in Amboseli . . . as well as the Masai Mara. The question is, are zebras black with white stripes or white with black stripes? I found this information in Science Focus website:
“Most zebras have dark skin beneath their fur but the stripes do not consist of white fur with gaps in between – they have both black and white fur.
“All the fur grows from follicles that contain the pigment-generating melanocyte cells. It’s just that in the white fur, these melanocytes are deactivated. This implies that black is the default colour of the fur and that’s why most authorities and experts describe zebras as black with white stripes.”
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Interesting. I’ve always thought of zebras as having black AND white stripes!
Great shots, Maralee!
That are interesting facts! I never thought about it.
See, if deactivated is white, that’s what I would think the base color would be, and not the other way around.
. . . ultimately, I’m pretty sure the zebra doesn’t care . . .
The concept of ‘ black and white ‘ must have been originated from zebras !
Nice pictures !