Like 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 coat of arms of Botswana features a pair of zebra as well:
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.