To the human eye it seems absurd. The zebra’s black and white striped pattern could not be more obvious. Whether roaming around the zoo or running across the Serengeti, the zebra is an animal that sticks out.

To its predators, however, the stripes are an entirely different story. In the wild, the zebra’s main predator is the lion, an animal known to be color blind. Scientists who study animals — called zoologists — believe that the zebra’s pattern is a sort of camouflage that helps it hide from predators.

Imagine that you can only see black, white and shades of gray. A solid-color dark horse standing in light-colored tall grass would be very obvious. A zebra’s stripes, however, help it blend in with grasses and brush, making it much more difficult to see.

Biologists also believe the zebra’s stripes may be helpful when zebras run in a herd. When a large number of zebras move together, their stripes could appear to be one large animal running. This illusion may confuse predators, making it difficult for them to pick out a single animal to attack.  Though the zebra may not realize it, its stripes greatly improve its chances of survival in the wild.

Although most people tend to think of the zebra as a white animal with black stripes, scientists have discovered that the zebra is actually a black animal with white stripes. Much like a fingerprint, the stripes on a zebra are unique. No two animals have the same pattern.

Zebras aren’t the only animals that use camouflage to survive in the wild. Many mammals, snakes and insects have developed special ways of blending into their habitats. One of the most famous camouflaging creatures is the chameleon, which can change color to blend into its environment.

Humans use camouflage, too. The military has special uniforms that allow soldiers to blend into their surroundings. Hunters also use camouflage to avoid being spotted by the animals they hunt. For safety reasons, though, hunters are often required by law to wear bright orange clothing, so that other hunters are able to recognize them as a person and not an animal roaming in the woods. Although the bright orange clothing is very obvious to the human eye, most animals don’t see it as a bright color due to color blindness.

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  1. Hi Wonderopolis
    I really liked the zebra video I think the stripes look like they were painted on! They were really pretty and I think it would be cool to see one in real life. Something else that I thought was cool that the person recording the video got really close to the zebras and did not scare them away.

    I think tomorrow’s wonder is going to be on Roman numerals.

    • Hey there, pandalover! Thanks for sharing your awesome comment with us! We LOVED learning about zebras, especially since they are actually black with white stripes!! We hope you have the chance to visit a zoo or even go on a safari– then you can see zebras, lions, and even pandas in their natural habitat! Thanks for WONDERing with us and sharing your SUPER guess, too! :)

      • Hi, Klowie! To learn more about zebras, click on the “Listen” button below the the video. We hope this helps! Thanks for WONDERing with us, today! :-)

  2. I am in Mrs. Hess’ class so today’s wonder was not what I expected. I didn’t really understand the video. Why didn’t the zebras run away from the guy holding the camera?

    • Hey there, Jaaron M! We are so glad you’re WONDERing with us today, especially if today’s Wonder made you think! :) We think it’s so cool that the video shows the zebras up close in their natural habitat. The person filming the video must have been so still that the zebras were not threatened by his or her presence… or the videographer could have been camouflaged so the zebras couldn’t see at all! :)

  3. Good morning Wonderopolis!

    We were wondering what a baby zebra is called. We thought maybe it is a foal, like a baby horse. We think it is very interesting that zebras are black with white stripes. Thank you for all of the wondering you do!

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Reasor’s Fourth Grade Class

    • Hey there, Wonder Friends in Mrs. Reasor’s Class! You’re oh-so-right, a baby zebra is called a foal! We also learned that they can walk after 20 minutes, and run after 1 hour! WOWZA! Thanks for WONDERing with us today! :)

    • Hey there, Wonder Friend Alvaro! We learned that lions have difficulty seeing zebras because their stripes work as camouflage in their natural habitat. Some types of zebras are extinct, and the species is often hunted for their beautiful stripes. We LOVE zebras and we hope they are around for many years to come! :)

  4. Wow when I looked at this wonder question I never predicted that. I’m wondering if tomorrow’s wonder is about an instrument that starts with an x. By the way I’m in Mrs. Hess’ class. I will be going to school in 30 min. and what is the most unique type of pattern on an animal?

    • Great guess, Joaquin! We can’t wait for tomorrow’s Wonder, either, but we are so glad you are WONDERing with us today! All our Wonder Friends in Mrs. Hess’ class are ROCKSTAR Wonder Friends! Thanks for making us smile (and sharing your awesome Wonder, too!). :)

  5. Dear Wonderopolis,
    Wow! We’re studying camouflage this week. We just finished reading about chameleons in our reading story. It was amazing to find out that some animals are color blind. It was a fun fact to learn that a zebra is black with white stripes and none are alike.
    Have a wonder filled day!

    • How cool– our Wonder Friends in Mrs. Bowes’s Class are WONDERing about a recent topic! AWESOME! We’re sending virtual high fives your way! Your reading story also sounds super cool… thanks for making awesome connections to your own lessons! HOORAY for WONDERing! :)

  6. Good morning, wonderopolis! Thank you so much for sharing that interesting information about zebras! We had no idea they had stripes in order to camouflage themselves from their predators. Those awesome stripes must keep those beautiful zebras safe! We think the zebras use their tails to keep bugs away. Are there any other uses for their tails? We also loved the video, the baby zebra was too cute! What a fantistic WONDER!

    • Good afternoon, Wonder Friends in Ms. Hobson’s Class! PHEW, what a day it’s been! We’re so excited you have enjoyed WONDERing about zebras today! The zebra tail is very similar to a horse’s tail– it might go up when the zebra is excited, and it will lay flat when the animal is relaxed. Perhaps that is true of your pet cat or dog?! Have a SUPER day– thanks for visiting us today! :)

  7. Good Morning, Wonderopolis!
    Today’s Wonder of the Day was perfect for us! We just started a reading unit called “Look Again”… all about camouflage!! Our story this week is even about a chameleon! We loved learning about the zebras’ stripes and how they help them hide from lions. One of our favorite teachers is also colorblind like the lion! We WONDER what zebras look like to him? Thank you for the AMAZING WONDER!

    • Good afternoon, Wonder Friends in Mrs. Plunkert’s Class! We Wonder if you and fellow Wonder Friends in Mrs. Bowes’s Class are reading the same story about chameleons! (they left a comment just before you did!) Wouldn’t that be WONDERful?!

      How cool that today’s Wonder connects to your lessons in school- that’s awesome news! We Wonder if your favorite teacher and lions have a similar point of view when it comes to zebras? Thanks for visiting us today! Have a SUPER day! :)

    • Great question, Wonder Friend Kate! Check out the excerpt below and find your answer below:
      “Although most people tend to think of the zebra as a white animal with black stripes, scientists have discovered that the zebra is actually a black animal with white stripes. Much like a fingerprint, the stripes on a zebra are unique. No two animals have the same pattern.

      Zebras aren’t the only animals that use camouflage to survive in the wild. Many mammals, snakes and insects have developed special ways of blending into their habitats. One of the most famous camouflaging creatures is the chameleon, which can change color to blend into its environment.” :)

  8. Thoughts: It’s interesting to think that zebras use their stripes to escape their predators. Do zebras have mohawks? We were very surprised by today’s question. None of us thought it would be about zebras. How were zebras named? Have zebras always had their stripes? How do you tell a boy zebra from a girl? What is the life span of a zebra?

    Predictions: How do x-rays work? How did the alphabet start? What are Roman Numerals? When will the XBox 720 come out? Who invented the xylophone(sp?)? Are going to the SuperBowl? Why is an x-ray called an x-ray?

    • Hey there, Wonder Friends in Mrs. Hess’ Class! It kind of looks like zebras are wearing a mohawk for a hairstyle, doesn’t it? :) Zebras help one another and will sometimes nibble on one another (in a friendly way) to get rid of dirt and loose hair! We are so glad you’ve been WONDERing with us about zebras today… keep up your WONDERing! We’d love it if you share what you learn about zebras… their name, their stripes and their gender!

      We can’t wait to find out what tomorrow’s Wonder will be– but we LOVE your guesses! :)

  9. I like the stripes on the zebra, I think it’s interesting because other animals can’t see them and it protects the zebra. I’m glad I can see the stripes.

    • Great point, Tommy! We’re glad we can see the beautiful stripes on zebras, too! Thanks for sharing what you learned today– you did a great job of summarizing all those facts! :)

  10. We learned some new things today. Even our teacher learned something new about zebras. We began to wonder if other big cats are color blind like lions. We wondered if zebras and donkeys are connected, like cousins.

    Predictions for tomorrow’s wonder: X-rays, words that start with x, going from x to a, New Year’s Eve, something to do with math, algebra.

    • We LOVE learning new things with our awesome Wonder Friends in Mrs. Atkinson’s Class! We also did some more WONDERing about zebras and their relatives… they’re closely related to the horse! Also, baby zebras are called foals, just like baby horses!

      Thanks for sharing your WONDERful guesses with us– we’re counting down the hours until tomorrow’s Wonder! :)

    • Hey there, Sanaa and Kassidy, thanks for WONDERing with us today! You’re right, zebras are so beautiful they almost remind us of a mythical creature! However, you can visit your local zoo, and we bet they’d have a zebra or two! Thanks for sharing your comment! :)

  11. Mrs. Goneau’s second grade class was wondering…If you had a zebra costume on, would they think you were one of the zebras?
    How smart is a zebra?
    How tall are zebras?
    How old can zebras get?
    How fast can they run?
    How many babies can zebras have at one time?
    How do zebra babies drink?

    • Hey there, Wonder Friends in Mrs. Goneau’s Class! We’re so glad you shared some awesome WONDERs of your own! We bet a zebra would recognize the zebra costume, but we bet they could smell the difference right away… and luckily, we’re not the same size as those great animals! Zebras will live about 40 years in captivity, like living in a zoo. Zebras are large animals, so unlike other animals, only one is born at a time!

      We hope you’ll continue to Wonder on your own and find the answers to your STELLAR questions! :)

    • Hey there, Lil’ Madi and Big Madi! We’re glad you’re WONDERing together today! Thanks for sharing what you learned– have a SUPER day! :)

  12. I really liked today’s wonder! Zebras are one of my favorite animals. I have a Schleich figurine of a zebra. I thought it was so interesting to hear that zebras are not a white animal with black stripes, they are a black animal with white stripes, and that no two zebras’s stripes are alike. Thank you for today’s wonder! :) ;)

    • Today’s Wonder made us smile, too, Berkleigh! We’re so glad this Wonder topic was all about your favorite animal- the beautiful zebra! Thanks for being a great Wonder Friend and sharing what you learned today, Berkleigh! You ROCK! :)

  13. Hi Wonderopolis,
    We didn’t know that lions were colorblind! We also didn’t know that each zebra’s stripes are different. It’s like our fingerprints. Cool!
    It was neat to try and visualize a zebra being black with white stripes, instead of the other way around.
    We were wondering how much a zebra eats each day?

    We think tomorrow’s wonder will be about Roman Numerals, a ten letter word or the alphabet – starting at x.

    • Check it out! Our Wonder Friends, the PinkPanthers, have been doing a great job of learning tons of facts about zebras! HOORAY! Great comparison– the stripes a zebra wears are just like our very own fingerprints– unique! Zebras enjoy eating grass, shrubs and drinking water daily.

      We are counting on you to join us tomorrow for another great Wonder! Thanks for sharing your super guesses! :)

    • Hey there, Wonder Friend mincrafterlover! Sometimes zebras are a dark brown, while others have black skin with white stripes. Thanks for sharing your awesome comment! :)

    • Awesome question, Morgan! We do a LOT of research, using books from the library, reputable sources online, and we even talk to experts once in a while! We’re so glad you are working on questioning in class– you have a great question! Thanks for WONDERing with us today! :)

  14. I’m in Mrs. Hess’ class and she thinks that you guys are AMAZING. She enjoys watching wonderopolis because she learns new things. I enjoy it to. Have a WONDERful day.

    • Hey there, Wonder Friend Carlos! Thanks for sharing such a kind comment– you’re a great Wonder Friend! We really enjoy learning with our Wonder Friends in Mrs. Hess’ class… and we think Mrs. Hess is a world-class teacher! Give her a big high five for us, please! Have a SUPER day! :)

  15. Although we didn’t love the video because there weren’t any words or telling us information, we did enjoy reading about how zebras use stripes as camouflage from their predators. We did like the pictures too. We didn’t know that lions were colorblind. Thank you for sharing this wonder with us!!
    Can’t wait to see what’s coming up next….

    Mrs. J’s third and fourth graders

    • Hey there, Wonder Friends in Mrs. J’s third and fourth grade class- we’re so glad you’re here! We’re glad you learned how zebras protect themselves in their natural habitat! We think it’s so cool that their stripes are unique AND they help them stay safe! Thanks for joining us today! :)

  16. Is it roman numerals? Also we would love to learn if a rainbow could ever be shaped in a full circle. If there was not any ground, would it finish off the shape of a circle?

    • Great guess, Wonder Friends in Mrs. B’s Class! We can’t wait to find out if you’re correct about tomorrow’s Wonder of the Day®! HOORAY! We’re really excited about your rainbow Wonder, too! Keep up the great work! :)

  17. P.S. How do scientists know that zebras are black with white stripes?
    Always wondering….

    • Great question, Wonder Friends! We’re glad you’re back, too! :-)

      Scientists have researched zebras for years, and those who work closely with the animals have studied the animals’ pigmentation! :)

    • We’re glad today’s Wonder was right up your alley, Dawsman! We Wonder what your favorite piece of information from today’s Wonder was? :)

  18. Wonderopolis,

    Today’s wonder was one of my favorite wonders! I really like animals. Why do zebras have mohawks? Why don’t they just have manes like horses? Today’s clue for tomorrow really stumped me, but I think tomorrow’s wonder is going to be about Roman numerals!

    Mikayla T :-)

    • We’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed WONDERing about zebras with us, Mikayla T! Zebras do have an interesting hairdo… their hair is similar to a horse’s mane, but it’s short and sticks out. We think you’re on the right track… great guess for tomorrow! :)

  19. The PinkPanthers is my class. I really liked the video I can’t believe how close he must have got to the zebras I could hear some wildlife in the background.

    I think your website is awesome!

    My guess for tomorrow is roman numerals. Can’t wait to find out!

    • Thanks for visiting us again, Doglover! We are so glad that you and your Wonder Classmates enjoy visiting Wonderopolis- we LOVE hanging out with you! Thanks for sharing your comment and your guess! :)

  20. Zebras have stripes because of their genes, long ago there where two types of zebras a white zebra and a black zebra they soon combined both of there genes to make a stripped zebra.

    • Thanks for sharing what you know about zebras, Kiki! There are three types of zebras that exist, but every single zebra has a unique stripe pattern- just like our fingerprints! :)

  21. Can zebras see in black and white but I did learn that they can camouflage so that’s cool but next time can you try harder to find out why from 12jk.

    • Hey there, 12jk! Thanks for WONDERing with us today! We learned that lions are color-blind but zebras can see just fine! Thanks for sharing your comment, Wonder Friend! :)

    • Thanks for sharing what you learned about zebras, Wonder Student! Thanks for sharing your comment, and we hope to see you soon! :)

  22. Why are zebras black with white stripes?

    I looked and they have white with black stripes.

    Look for yourself and see if they are black with white or white with black stripes.

  23. I like this info of the zebra I learned some stuff I didn’t know about the zebra before as in how the animal hides in the brush and how the lion is color blind so it can’t see the zebra so easy.

    • Nice work, Wonder Friend student- you’ve done a fantastic job of WONDERing today! Thanks for sharing all that you’ve learned! :)

  24. Zebras are fascinating creatures at first I thought the stripes was for people to not think that it is a horse. Then my question is that what animal do the herds form when they run together? Did wonderoplis know that there was a zebra that is now extinct call a quagga zebra. I learned a lot about zebras today and I hope to learn more soon about animals.

    • WOW, way to go Wonder Friend Joseph! We’re so excited that you shared all you learned today! While the zebras in a herd may not look like another animal specifically, they look much larger from far away. Any predator of a zebra might be scared because of the look of the large animal coming toward them! Thanks for WONDERing with us today, Joseph! :)

    • Great question, Dakota! The stripes on the zebra are used as camouflage, to protect them from their predators. We’re glad you’re WONDERing with us, Dakota! :)

  25. I love zebras but I thought they were going to be black an white but after seeing the video and the facts I learned that zebras are white and black and I wonder if tomorrow’s wonder will be about x-rays

  26. Hey Wonderopolis!
    I just was wondering…How is it that the scientists can tell is a lion is colorblind, and if it is, wouldn’t the zebra still stand out?
    Thanks,
    Fireheart101

  27. Hey guys!
    I was WONDERing what tomorrow’s wonder is, and I’m guessing it is Roman Numerals! How cool! That is funny because we are learning about that in school right now! Very WONDERful!
    Thanks again,
    Fireheart101

    • How cool, Fireheart101! Way to guess correctly! We’re so happy you connected today’s Wonder to what you are learning in school! :)

    • Hey there, Molly, we’re so glad you’re here! We LOVE to Wonder with friends like you, and we have so much information to share that sometimes the answer isn’t always the most important thing. Learning about new, cool topics and discovering something interesting is what really matters! We hope you will come back to visit us soon! Did you find the answer about zebra stripes in our Wonder? :)

  28. Dear Wonderopolis,

    We learned that zebras move in packs so that they look like one big animal. We also learned that they are black with white stripes. Why are zebras called black and white horses? Why do animals like lions and zebras only see in black and white? Is the lion the only animal that hunts zebras? Do zebras have teeth? Why can’t the lion pick out the black and white stripes? How fast does a zebra go? Are zebras related to any prehistoric animal?

    We think tomorrow’s wonder will be about Greek mythology.

    • We love that you learned so much about zebras with us, Mrs. Chevalier’s Class! HOORAY! Zebras and horses are very closely related- they’re kind of like cousins in the animal world. We learned that lions are colorblind, which allows zebras to blend into their surroundings easily. Check out this photo from the eyes of the colorblind: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fb/Zebra_camouflage.jpg/800px-Zebra_camouflage.jpg!

      We are so happy you shared your very own Wonders with us today– and we hope you’ll do some more research to answer those questions. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing your guess for tomorrow! :)

    • Thanks for WONDERing with us, Wonder Friend Race! We are glad you enjoyed learning about zebras and their cool stripes! :)

    • Hey there, Madyson! Thanks for sharing your comment with us today! It’s so much fun to learn new things with great Wonder Friends! :)

  29. Hi, I am Briahna and I am in Mrs. Hess’ class, here are my wonders: Are zebras born with stripes, or do they grow and then the stripes start appearing as the get older? What other animals are color blind? Are zebras color blind? How many zebras are born each year? Is there a certain time during the year when most zebras are born, or are they just born all the time throught the year? What is the lifespand of a zebra? I LOVE WONDERing with you everyday!

    • Hey there, Wonder Friend Briahna! We are so happy that you have shared all your WONDERful questions with us today; we bet you can do some WONDERing of your own about zebras– the Internet and the library are great places to start! Please let us know what you find after you research! :)

  30. I love zebras!! :) I always thought that they had stripes to hide in tall grass but this confirms it! Thanks so much!

    • Nice work, Wonder Friend N! We are so glad you learned about zebras’ stripes– they are such cool animals! Thanks for visiting us today! :)

  31. Zebras are my favorite animal!!! I’m glad you wrote about them! My favorite part of them is their stripes so I’m glad you wrote about that! Thanks! :)

    • We’re so glad we could Wonder about zebras together, Ali! We were happy to learn about zebras’ stripes– they sure do come in handy in the wild! Thanks for sharing your comment today! :)

  32. Hey, I’m Kimora. I love how it shows all the interesting things about zebras. It was really nice getting the opportunity to get on Wonderopolis and see all this exciting stuff. Maybe your next wonder should be on “Why don’t penguins swim” or something amazing!!!!

  33. Hi I’m Kimora and I just wanted to tell you that the things you come up with are AMAZING !!! I love all the videos you come up with they are so cool. Especially the zebra one . All the videos have interesting facts.

    Thanks, Kimora

    • Hey there, Wonder Friend Kimora! Thanks for sharing your super comments with us! HOORAY for you! Zebras are super cool creatures, and we learned all about them in their natural habitat. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about our Wonder video and information, too! We hope to Wonder with you soon! :)

  34. Hi wonderopolis!
    I really liked the video and the information. I love how you make the information fun but educational at the same time! So where do you get your information? Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s wonder of the day!
    Thanks,
    Radha108

    • Hey there, Radha108! We’re so glad you have been WONDERing with us, it’s lots of fun! We do a lot of research on the Internet, at the library and we even talk to experts to get all the Wonder information! Can’t wait to Wonder with you tomorrow! :)

  35. Hey there Wonderopolis!!
    I was just wondering… why is it that the zebra are color blind OH and I am wondering how to do algebra… THANK YOU :)

    • Thanks for sharing your comment with us, Sienna456, we’re glad you’ve been thinking about zebras, and math, too! :)

      While zebras can see just like you can, the animals that hunts zebras are color blind– lions! They have trouble seeing zebras because the zebras blend into their surroundings through the eyes of a lion!

      We know algebra can be tough in the beginning, but we believe in you! We think asking your teacher for help is the best option– algebra takes some time and patience, but we know you can do it! :)

    • Hey there, WOnder Friend Bonquiqui! We’re glad this zebra Wonder had you smiling with Wonder! Horses and zebras are related in the animal world, but there are differences between the two animals. We Wonder if you can compare and contrast horses and zebras? :)

  36. Hey it’s me I was wondering why are some things color blind and can we get it and why do they have tongues? They don’t talk so why do they need it? And you guys should have a v-day wonder like why do we have it and who made it.

    • Genetics have a lot to do with being color blind, Alyssa! While zebras can’t talk like us, they still need to eat! Their tongues are important to help them chew, just like they help us! We hope you enjoy our Wonder on February 14th, our hearts are pumping! :)

  37. I know an animal that IS color blind: an EAGLE who knew me! I think tomorrow’s Wonder will be about how a dog can sometimes crossbreed.

    • We LOVE learning about how animals protect themselves in their natural habitats too, Devon! Thanks for making a great connection to our animal Wonder! We look forward to WONDERing with you again soon! :)

  38. Oh because I read a book about zebras and it said that it was caveman who painted black and white stripes so I don’t know who to believe. :P

  39. Wow really interesting it’s really cool to learn about the things I never knew about zebras!! I’ve got one question though why are zebras getting endangered and if lions are color blind how do they sense them?

    • Hey Marissa, thanks for WONDERing with us about all kinds of animals! Zebras use their stripes to their advantage! You can check out Wonder #152 for more information about endangered species… http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-does-a-species-become-endangered/ :)

      We all have five senses, but sometimes when one sense isn’t as strong, the others make up for it. Lions may not be able to see perfectly, but they are great at listening and sensing what is around them! :)

  40. Our class learned many new facts about zebras while reading this article. We were most surprised to learn that zebras are black with white stripes. We are still wondering if there are different types of zebras. We also wonder if zebras are also color blind.

    • We’re glad this Wonder made you smile, Bella! We Wonder what you learned about zebras from this video and Wonder? :)

  41. Hey there Wonderopolis! I always wondered why zebras have stripes! A lion is colorblind, and that is the main predator, so to us humans the zebra sticks out like a sour thumb, but in the wilderness it is a completely different story, so that makes perfect since! I’ll be looking at more of your wonders soon. :)

    • Hey there, Ipsgal25! Thanks for sharing your awesome comment with us– we are thrilled to hear that you learned something new about zebras today! Thanks for summarizing what you learned about camouflage and how zebras live in the wilderness! :)

    • Hey Katelyn, we’re glad you’re visiting us today! We love WONDERing about animals of all sorts! It’s awesome that you enjoyed this Wonder about zebras. When they’re born, zebras are known as young zebras, or even baby zebras! :)

  42. Thanks for the very interesting zebra Wonder! The 7S class really enjoyed finding out about zebras! Lena Wondered how many zebras are usually in a herd. Peter G Wondered how many colours a chameleon can change to, Jacob K Wondered if he could train a zebra. Abe Wondered how many baby zebras a female zebra can have in her life. Benny Wondered if baby zebras can run as fast as the big ones. Margaret P, Agatha, Justina, Chelsea, and Lisa R wondered how long zebras live for.
    Thanks again Wonderopolis! We are loving Wondering with you!

    • Hey there, Mrs. Dowdell and our Wonder Friends in 7S!

      Lena, Peter G, Jacob K, Abe, Benny, Margaret P, Agatha, Justina, Chelsea, and Lisa R have so many awesome questions that we can’t stop smiling! :)

      We hope you’ll continue to research zebras on your own with you WONDERful brains! Some herds have nearly 1,000 zebras in them; a herd is made up of many families, so it all depends on the families and how many children they have. Baby zebras are very fast, especially when they’re young, because they have to keep up with the herd in order to stay safe from predators. They may not be very strong, but they’re speedy! :)

      Check out Wonder #651– Why Do Chameleons Change Their Colors? http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/why-do-chameleons-change-their-colors/ :)

    • HOORAY for learning something new, Avery! We’re so excited that you enjoyed our Wonder about zebras! Aren’t they cool?! :)

    • HOORAY for WONDERing, Gordon! We’re so glad you enjoyed this Wonder- aren’t zebras so cool? We really enjoyed learning about how they survive in the wild… their stripes help them! Have a SUPER Wednesday in the 2nd grade, Gordon! :)

  43. First person: Cool I always thought zebras were white with black stripes but guess not! :) Second person – I always thought zebras couldn’t blend in with the grass I thought they only blended in with black and white! You guys are awesome with this website I love it.

    • Thank you so much, Wonder Friend Labri, we are so glad you and your Wonder Friends have shared their awesome comments! It’s great to know how much you learned about zebras with us- they are WONDERul and interesting! Hooray for you, keep up the great work! :)

  44. Zebras need their stripes so they can blend in with the night sky and be beautiful in the clear bright sky aren’t they so beautiful? But they blend in with the night sky so they can hide from being a predator’s prey…………… *grrrrrrr* *neigh*

    • Zebras are beautiful animals, we couldn’t agree more, Bella! Zebra stripes help zebras blend in to their natural habitat– that way they can hide from their predators! Thanks for sharing your comment! :)

  45. THOUGHT: I think hunting is dangerous.

    CONNECTION: My dad goes hunting.

    WWOTD: The Colts retrieved a new quarterback.

    PREDICTION:I think tomorrow’s wonder will be about letters.

    • Hi Destiny, we’re glad you enjoyed our zebra Wonder! Thanks for visiting us today and sharing your WONDERful thoughts, connections, and predictions. We think you did a great job using the Wonder word “retrieve” in a sentence! :)

  46. I like the zebra video. (Kyleigh)
    They are cool. (Ella)
    They run away fast. (Callie)
    I like their colors. (Juan)
    I like their neat legs. (Wyatt)
    I like their tails. (Braeden)

    • Hello, Mrs. Slate’s WONDERful, WONDERing class! It sounds like you all like zebras a lot! They are really cool animals! Thanks for sharing your WONDERful thoughts with us today! :-)

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Ready to go wild? Round up a friend or family member to join you on a safari through one or more of the following activities:

  • Do you love zebras? We sure do! Jump online to browse through the zebra photographs you can find at the link below. Try to see them through the eyes of a potential predator. Do you see how the zebras’ stripes could confuse their enemies?
  • You may not be able to head out to Africa, but you can certainly head to your nearest zoo to investigate some of the planet’s most fascinating animals. Take along this handy zoo passport so you can keep track of your observations.
  • Have you ever worn camouflage clothing? If you’ve ever been hunting and worn camouflage clothing, you probably have a good idea of how the colors and prints on such clothing helps you blend into an outdoor setting. But what about urban camouflage? What if you were a spy? What if your mission was at the local mall? What would you wear to blend in and not be noticed? Ask an adult to help you with a field trip to the mall. Bring along a pencil and notebook to take notes on your observations. Pick a place where you can sit for an extended period of time to observe others. The food court might make a good scouting spot. What do you see? How do people dress? Do certain people stand out? If so, you probably want to avoid looking like them! Try hard to figure out what type of clothing might help you blend in and go unnoticed by everyone while you’re on your super-secret spy mission at the mall!

Still Wondering

Visit National Geographic Xpeditions’ Protecting Africa’s Wildlife lesson to learn more about how people affect the natural environment both in your area and in Africa. You’ll get a closer look at two African habitats — the savanna and the rain forest — and learn how cheetahs and chimpanzees make use of their habitats.

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