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Pete Thorpe

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Pete was a Field Guide for Londolozi for 4 years, contributing to the blog as a fantastic writer as well as photographer. Right from his very first bush trip at the age of four, Pete was always enthralled by this environment. Having grown ...

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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.

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

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

Imagine a Spotted Zebra!!

Great post!

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

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

That s the question …I d go for the camouflage theory dating back
from when there were way more shrubs, since one sees nowadays variety of lighter colored zebra emerge adjusting to their changed environment and the confusion tactic a very good one all other reasons make sense too. As for the mythological one nice to tell take

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