Plains Zebras
are plainly striped

Unlike the giraffes I couldn't identify,these are clearly plains zebras—the iconic type. I have a photo of a Grevy's zebra that I took over 20 years ago, so these equids are not exactly a new interest:)

sony A7c, tamron 70-180 (91mm) f/3.2, 1/320s, ISO 100 ev 0 All images taken 15aug22, approx noon.

Though at one time the stripes were thought to make it more difficult for predators (e.g., lions) to pick one from the herd, the current theory is that the pattern repels insects.

sony A7c, tamron 70-180 (180mm) f/3.2, 1/800s, ISO 100 ev 0

Whatever the reason, the endless variations are beautiful and fascinating.

sony A7c, tamron 70-180 (180mm) f/3.2, 1/400s, ISO 100 ev 0

I find distinguishing various animals easiest by comparing the stripes on the lower part of the neck (where the thickest stripes may split) and the shoulder and mid spine, where they converge.

sony A7c, tamron 70-180 (180mm) f/3.2, 1/1250s, ISO 100 ev 0