Still Learning To See

Z is for Zebra!

Africa-6003-2Like many readers I grew up learning “Z is for Zebra!” It is certainly true but there is so much more to this remarkable animal than the last letter of the alphabet. Like a fingerprint, the coat of each animal is unique and has evolved mainly to be a foil to all kinds of predators from cats to flies.

Many thousands of zebra had congregated in the Nxai Pans National Park, a sight I never tired of seeing.

The young male horses were frequently challenging each other in various ways.

The young male horses were often challenging each other in various ways.

The coat of arms of Botswana features a pair of zebra as well:

Botswana Coat of Arms

Zebra also show up beautifully in a thermal image! With any amount of of direct or indirect solar radiation, the visible black strips are noticeably warmer (white, red or yellow in this image) than the visible white ones.

Zebra in IR

This entry was published on February 25, 2014 at 8:12 am. It’s filed under Africa, Botswana, John Snell, Photograph and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “Z is for Zebra!

  1. What a wonderful set of photographs, John–this is my granddaughter’s favorite animal, so I’ll be sure she sees these. And I love their group name: “a Zeal of Zebras”. 🙂 Thanks for sharing these incredible creatures with us–your eyes must feel full to overflowing!

  2. Wow! Ok, now I have to go to Botswana too. I think I would be watching these gorgeous Zebras all day. What wonderful pictures you got of them!

  3. Deborah Leu on said:

    What a wonderful trip and fabulous series of photos and descriptions. I’m really enjoying this virtual safari.

  4. Chica Snell on said:

    How you ever got the two horses up on hind legs to match the coat of arms is amazing. What. A beautiful animal the zebra is!

    Sent from my iPad


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