Zebras

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.”

5 Replies to “Zebras”

  1. 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 . . .

Leave a Reply to imagesbytdashfield Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s