Zebras are black animals with white stripes. This striking coloration is probably a form of camouflage. It helps zebras blend into the shadows of tall grasses. It also helps them blend in when they are in a herd. When clustered together, it is nearly impossible to tell one zebra from another, making it difficult for predators such as lions to stalk an individual animal.

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Camouflage, also called cryptic coloration, is a defense mechanism or tactic that organisms use to disguise their appearance, usually to blend in with their surroundings. Organisms use camouflage to mask their location, identity, and movement.