Color

What Color Are Zebras?

Zebra fetuses start out completely black in the womb. As they mature, they develop the white stripes.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Because many animals are colorblind, a black and white-striped animal blends in with surroundings better than animals of a solid color. 00:35

  2. One theory why zebras are striped is for herds to blend together, making it hard for a predator to single out just one. 01:39

  3. A herd of zebras is called a "dazzle." 01:50

Written by Curiosity Staff April 17, 2015

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