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Hidden in Plain Sight (Zebras) 

11" x 13" 


All images are printed on acid free 300 lb. paper (Giclees) or high quality acid free photo paper. Prints are sold unframed. Care has been taken
to match the images on these pages to the actual prints. However, some variation in color may occur.

There is nothing ordinary about Zebras, and why are they so boldy marked when other animals have adapted to blend in?

This image explains it. Zebras are strongly herd animals and in a group their stripes create a visual chaos…camouflage. This helps protect the young from predators.
Having observed Zebras in the wild, I noticed they prefer to stand their ground when faced with a predator. If they run they become vulnerable and individuals are more easily selected out. The herd protects the young, old and weak.
I’ve seen Zebras stomp, huff and wag their ears to distract the predators’ attention in order to accentuate the visual confusion and draw attention away from where the babies are. If they keep the babies from being spotted, the predator will likely move on unless desperately hungry. Adult zebras are good runners and notorious kickers and many a lion has met its end from a well-placed kick to the jaw. Broken jaw equals starvation.

In this image I sought to reveal the personality of the zebra as well as the secrets of its design. The one in the back with her ears sideways had a deep, gaping wound on her inner thigh from a recent attack and she was in no kind of good mood.

Hidden in Plain Sight (Zebras)