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Zebras as Lions See Them

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Burchell’s zebra
Equus quagga burchellii
Found across the sub-Saharan Africa region.

Why I made this image

I was drawn to wildlife by intriguing questions. Why are zebras white and black striped when they live in a yellow savannah? In finding answers to such questions, I chose photography as my means to reveal them. This is how, for me, wildlife and photography came together. Look at either back corner of this image and ask yourself, what part of a zebra is represented there? You’re most likely hesitant. And that’s how zebra camouflage works. The mingling stripes make it impossible for a lion to tell where one zebra starts and another one ends. Under these circumstances, no lion will attack. It’s one of the most effective forms of camouflage in Africa.

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Copyright Chris Weston Gallery, 2016. All rights reserved.

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