There is no doubt that zebra are photogenic – I have a great number of photographs of them – for they are strikingly beautiful animals. I am particularly fascinated by the patterns on their faces as one can tell from these that, even though they might ‘all look the same’, there are indeed unique features about them. Zebra are often described as having patterns similar to our fingerprints; that no two zebra are exactly alike. I commented on a blog the other day that apparently the stripes on either side of a zebra are different. This is an observation I have read about but, as we usually only see one side of a zebra at a time, it is difficult to verify. Hunting through my collection, I came across a photograph of this zebra drinking at the Domkrag waterhole in the Addo Elephant National Park – an opportunity to see one from above.

The more I look at these two photographs, the more I appreciate how similar the stripe pattern is on both sides – until you actually follow the pattern closely. We seldom get the opportunity to do just that when we see zebra in the wild.

Zebras are distinctive. Their stripe patterns are an indication of just how distinctive they are – each one slightly different from the other.


  1. The fact that no two zebras, not even the two sides of the same zebra, have the same pattern brilliantly illustrated through your magic photographs, Anne!

    Is it just me or is this zebra spraying water out of its nostrils in the second photo!? That’s happened to me when someone cracks a funny joke just as I take a sip of something. Perhaps the ducks quacked him up? Sorry…

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  2. Yes, stunning! Your photos allowed me to look carefully and closely, and by gum, the patterns are indeed different from side to side. Anne, you provided a bit of morning illumination. Many thanks!


  3. Zebras have been trained to pull carriages successfully in the past (Lord Rothschild used to drive his zebra-drawn carriage through London), but obviously it’s not something that would be deemed acceptable by most people in the modern world.

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  4. They certainly are quite striking equines and I wasn’t aware until now – thanks to this informative post – that each one is so distinctive!
    I’m now keen to learn more about them.


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