Zanzibar Zebras (669 Piece Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle)

Zanzibar Zebras (669 Piece Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle)

A zebra's stripes are unique and distinctive, like human fingerprints. When a zebra foal is born, they have reddish-brown stripes....
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A zebra's stripes are unique and distinctive, like human fingerprints. When a zebra foal is born, they have reddish-brown stripes. Those gradually become darker and change to black as they grow.

There are many theories on why they have evolved their black and white markings.

One set of scientists believes that the stripes provide camouflage as they can distract and confuse major predators like lions. Lions are actually color blind, so when they see a herd of zebras, they get confused as everything is black and white.

Zebras tend to live in friendly family groups of one male and several mares and foals, and a herd of zebras is often called a "Dazzle."

They have evolved to provide as much protection from predators as possible. New-born foals can stand six minutes after being born, and in 40 minutes, they can run. An adult zebra can reach speeds of 40 miles per hour.

They can also sleep standing up like horses as they have locking joints. As a result, they don't have to worry about falling over, and it ensures they can escape fast if predators are about.

Another set of researchers studying zebras in London believes that striping on animals is more common in areas with biting flies. This is because the flies may not consider a striped surface as a safe place to land and so stay away from the animal.

Other evolutionists believe that the stripes are there for thermoregulation. For example, black lines absorb heat to warm zebras in the morning chill, and white lines reflect light to cool zebras in the afternoon heat. 

More research is necessary to determine which theory is correct, but there is an answer to which color they are.

All of their black and white fur is produced from melanocyte cells. These cells are primarily responsible for generating the pigment that gives color to skin and hair. In addition, melanocyte cells produce melanin, the outwardly visible pigment. In zebras, chemical messengers determine which melanocytes deliver pigment to which fur section, thus creating the zebra's black and white pattern. White fur represents an absence of melanin; white is not its own pigment. Since white stripes only exist because the pigment is denied, black is understood to be the "default" color of a zebra.

Beneath all that fur, zebras have black skin, too. So a shaved zebra, without any stripes, could be almost unrecognizable as an all-black animal.

The perfect gift for wooden jigsaw puzzlers, African Art fans, and animal lovers, this traditional adult wooden jigsaw puzzle can be done time and again. Our wooden jigsaw puzzle artists have included many jungle shaped whimsy puzzle pieces that match the theme of the painting, and we have integrated them in ways that will delight and surprise you as you put the wooden jigsaw puzzle together.

  • Includes a Bonus Poster to Guide Assembly
  • Number of Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces:669
  • Completed Puzzle Size: 17" X 11"
  • Artist: Tatiana Morozova
  • Serial #: NP22-669-482
  • Wood Thickness: 4mm
  • Cut Style: Modern
  • Difficulty: Level 3
  • Made in the USA