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Pete Thorpe

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Right from his very first bush trip at the age of four, Pete was always enthralled by this environment. Having grown up in the Middle East, Pete’s home-away-from-home has always been a bungalow in the Greater Kruger National Park, where his family had ...

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on Why Does The Zebra Have Stripes?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Lovely blog Pete. Love your guests comment. Interesting theory’s why Zebra has got stripes. My favourite is the traditional San story. I love the African folklore.

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

We are still talking about all the wonderful sightings we had during our 4 days at Londolozi. We saw so many wonderful animals thanks to Bruce and Robert. Thank you for a wonderful visit!! Victoria

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

And perhaps it’s just a joke from the animal spirit god to encourage debates and conversations as to “why Zebras have stripes!”

Actually I’ve read somewhere that felids can see the green and the blue

Gawie Jordaan
Senior Digital Ranger

Imagine a Spotted Zebra!!

Jeff Jones
Member

Great post!

Linda Rawles
Digital Ranger

I love the local stories; more of that please. Especially delightful juxtaposed to the “real” reasons:-)

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

But is it true that zebras’ skin is actually all black and only the fur/hair is striped?

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