An illustration of two giant Cape zebras alongside a much smaller plains zebra.
It hasn’t been clear how common the species was on the Cape south coast because its body fossils are predominantly from southern Africa’s west coast.
Scientific testing has zeroed in on the advantages of a zebra’s striped coat.
How the zebra got its stripes is not only a just-so story, but an object of scientific inquiry. New research suggests that stripes help zebras evade biting flies and the deadly diseases they carry.
Elephants in Namibia.
Few people could argue that hunting wildlife for trophies is moral, but conservationists have bigger fish to fry to reverse biodiversity loss
A Wildebeeste, or Gnu.
Africa’s famous animal migrations are increasingly blocked by fences, erected by farmers to keep their livestock safe from disease. But a new approach aims to deliver healthy beef and healthy wildlife.
Just a stripey horse? Neigh …
They look like stripey horses – so why don’t we ride them?
Zebras are among the larger wildlife doing well in protected areas.
New research shows protected areas are doing well at protecting large, iconic wildlife, but less well at helping smaller species.
South Sudan’s elephant population plummeted from 80,000 in the late 1960s to less than 5,000 now.
South Sudan is a country where conflict is rife. This has had a knock-on effect on the country’s rich and varied fauna, and put conservation programmes in severe crisis.
Zebras on the run can razzle-dazzle their enemies.
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Why does the zebra have stripes? Researchers are investigating whether it is to confuse predators when they’re on the move.
Myths and theories abound about how and why the zebra got its stripes.
There are a number of reasons why zebra’s stripes are useful to a zebra. The key question is: could some of them benefit society?
Stay away from this, flies.
Zebras’ stripes have baffled biologists since Charles Darwin. Many hypotheses have been proposed regarding their purpose but, despite hundreds of years of study, there remains disagreement. In an attempt…