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Amy Attenborough

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Amy worked at Londolozi from 2014 to 2017, guiding full time before moving into the media department, where her photographic and story-telling skills shone through. Her deep love of all things wild and her spiritual connection to Africa set her writing and guiding ...

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on Why Do Zebras Have Stripes?

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Jeff Rodgers
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This is now one of my favorite stories, and the Rangers at Londolozi have so many of these tidbits to make the game drives even more interesting.

Terry Fowler
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Amy, I would love to paint the zebra face in today’s post. I’m having trouble printing it. Is it possible for you to send in s file I can print? I have been to Londolozi and plan to come back hopefully within the year

Amy Attenborough
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Hi Terry. Of course. I’ll email the picture to you later today. Many thanks, Amy

Jill Larone
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Thank you Amy, for a great post! I think Zebras are one of the most beautiful African animals and I couldn’t wait to see them in the wild. Mark and Lucky managed to find a number of Zebras for us to view, within our first few hours at Londolozi and I was awed at how graceful and beautiful they were. Thank you for sharing your very interesting blog and stunning images!

Barbara Monegan
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Thanks, Amy! Fantastic piece, and beautiful pictures – as always!

Gerard Gaynor
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Thank you Amy. There has been a study being done that the zebras attract less flies in comparison to black brown white horses because of those stripes, sure is a wonderful complicated world.

Linda Polley
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Hi Amy, Once again I have thoroughly enjoyed your photos and commentary. So happy to have met you at Londolozi during the STAR trip and look forward to every days Londolozi blog. Keep up the good work. Would you also email me the photo at the top of the zebra closeup? It is amazing and I too would love to make a picture of it. Thanks

Amy Attenborough
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Hi Linda. Lovely to hear from you. So glad you following the blog and keeping up to date with what’s happening here at Londolozi. Have sent you a mail with the photograph 🙂 Look forward to seeing you back here again at some point! All the best, Amy

Ginger Brucker
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Amy, This was a great post. The photos really helped bring your words to life. Especially love the closeup but all are works of art. Can’t wait to come back.

Sidney Shema
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Very interesting indeed! I never noticed that foals and adults have the same-sized legs. Yet I see zebras almost weekly! The theory on why zebras in different climatic zones have different stripe densities is also very captivating. Interestingly enough, I have looked up the various zebras illustrated in The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals, 2nd Edition (2015) and it does seem that sub-species from southern Africa (which has more dramatic temperature shifts between seasons) are paler than those from East Africa. Even members of the sub-species E. b. burchelli living in Kwazulu Natal are apparently generally paler than those of the same sub-species living further north in Botswana. Fascinating. Thank you for the great write-up!

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