Zebras at water hole in Etosha NP
Etosha is a world famopus national park in Namibia. There are some great things about it: you can drive your rental car through the park yourself (allowing you to stop and go wherever you want) and amazing wildlife. But there are some not so great things: there is only a single lodge in the park and it is government-run and very run-down and crowded with awful food. However, this lodge has a wonderful water hole with shaded seating near the cabins and during the day (and also at night!) lots of wildlife came by to drink - like these splendid zebra. Whenever we weren't out in the park, we would hang out here and watch the wildlife. By the way, there is a new book out calle Zebra Stripes by Tim Caro where by painstaking trial and error he investigates various theories as to why zebras have such a unique and distinctive striping pattern when no other animal on the African savanna has them. He concludes that it is to prevent biting flies from landing which is especially important for zebras as their fur is thinner than most other savanna animals. Great book showing how good science should be done.
The plains zebra, also known as the common zebra, is the most common and geographically widespread species of zebra. Its range is fragmented, but spans much of southern and eastern Africa south of the Sahara. Six subspecies have been recognised including the extinct quagga which was thought to be a separate species. However, more recent research supports variations in zebra populations being clines rather than subspecies.