Nature does it BEST!

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Why do zebras have stripes / patterns  at all? Scientists aren’t sure, but many theories center on their utility as some form of camouflage. The patterns may make it difficult for predators to identify a single animal from a running herd and distort distance at dawn and dusk. Or they may dissuade insects that recognize only large areas of single-colored fur or act as a kind of natural sunscreen. Because of their uniqueness, stripes may also help zebras recognize one another.

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Also watch this beautiful clip (if you have not yet seen National Geographic’s Patterns in the Grass.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzO4SpQhIwk