Zebra Silver Plated Necklace
The Zebra Silver Plated Necklace symbolises freedom, individuality and sociability. Discover more about these striking savannah animals to feel even more connected to your zebra jewellery.
The zebra is a member of the horse family but it lives in the wild and roams in herds. They are widespread across southern and east Africa, living across vast grasslands and savannah areas. However their habitat is shrinking, which is leading to a decline in their numbers. There are three zebra subspecies in total. Out of them, two are considered endangered. These are the Grevy’s Zebra, found only in northern Kenya and Ethiopia, and the Mountain Zebra, found in Namibia.
The skin underneath the coat of a zebra is black. This means that a zebra is black with white stripes instead of having both white and black stripes. Although their stripes make them easily recognisable from other animals, every zebra has a unique pattern, just like human fingerprints. Some scientists believe that zebras may be able to identify one another by their stripe pattern.
The main purpose for the stripes on a zebra’s body is for camouflage. Consequently, it confuses predators without colour vision, making it difficult to isolate a target when zebras are bunched together. This may cause predators to hesitate, and as a result, serve as a defence mechanism for the zebras. Studies have also shown that the stripes help to deter blood-sucking insects, such as horseflies, from attacking them.
One African folk tale explains that the zebra got its black stripes after fighting with a baboon. The zebra kicked the baboon so hard that the zebra fell into a fire. The fire left scorch marks over the zebra’s body, hence the black stripes.
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What colour are the Zebra’s Stripes?
“I asked the Zebra, are you black with white stripes? Or white with black stripes? And the zebra asked me, Are you good with bad habits? Or are you bad with good habits? Are you noisy with quiet times? Or are you quiet with noisy times? Are you happy with some sad days? Or are you sad with some happy days? Are you neat with some sloppy ways? Or are you sloppy with some neat ways? And on and on and on and on and on and on he went. I’ll never ask a zebra about stripes…again.” Shel Silverstein
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