Unique Stripe Pattern
From a distance, all zebras look alike, but every zebra's
stripe pattern is unique.
If you look closely at the
zebra photos on this page, you'll see that each animal's
marking is different.
The stripes are believed to act as a form of camouflage, breaking up the
distinct outline of the body, particularly in low
Although zebra are photogenic and fairly easy to
approach in a vehicle, their stripes can be visually
What the eye sees as an interesting, three-dimensional
array of shapes and patterns can end up as a conflicting
muddle when reduced to the one-dimensional plane of a photographic print.
If possible, when taking shots of two or more zebra, try
to use the patterns to your advantage, looking for
symmetry of shape or form. Alternatively, emphasise the
clash of stripes running at distinct angles to each
It's an interesting challenge when photographing zebra
that the very markings that make these animals so
attractive can also work against the photographer.
This is certainly worth bearing in mind, particularly for those
planning a safari to Tanzania or Kenya for the annual
migration, often referred to as the "greatest wildlife show on earth".
More About Zebra
You can find out more from our Zebra Information page.
For additional images, see:
Zebra Pictures Pg 2
Or return to Wildlife Galleries