Zebra in the exhibition "Evolution in Action"


Researchers have been puzzling over the question why the plains zebra has got stripes. It has been thought that the stripes have a camouflage effect because within a herd, the outlines of individual animals dissolve, making it difficult for predators to target their prey. The stripes may also give protection from the tsetse fly, carrier of the sleeping disease. Tsetse flies prefer the brown hides of cattle and gazelles to the zebra's black-and-white, which is difficult to see with their compound eyes.

More highlights in the exhibition "Evolution in Action"

  • Biodiversity Wall
  • Cepaea
  • Cutaway Models
  • Quagga
  • Tasmanian Tiger
Last update: 13.10.2015