Zebras at South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Happy zebra family in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Happy zebra family in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Zebras are fascinating animals. A simple pattern in two colours, yet so effective. Warning and confusing in one. It is said, that this pattern makes it hard to concentrate on one particular victim to chase. It works for me.

Zebra crossing in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Zebra crossing in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

I am not an Atten-pro, but it’s not hard to work out, that the ‘zebra crossing’ idea originated from these horselike mammals.

Checking if no more zebras crossing the road, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Checking if no more zebras crossing the road, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Zebra crossing to perfection. Checking if no other zebra is driving along,

Is that really a zebra crossing?, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Is that really a zebra crossing?, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

and discussing it with friends.

That can’t be a cousin off ours???. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

That can’t be a cousin off ours???. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Having a good laugh as well.

Checking if no more zebras crossing the road, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

A herd of zebras on grassy plains, South Luangwa National Park

In small herds, they can be found anywhere in South Luangwa National Park.

Fowl watching tricks off the trade, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Foal watching tricks off the trade, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Mostly seen around lagoons and waterholes to drink, eat and with open space.

Fowl and mother on grassy plains, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Fowl and mother on grassy plains, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

This gives predators less opportunity to sneak up to.

Zebra fowl in black and white, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Zebra fowl in black and white, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Most groups had at least one foal trying to keep up with her family.

Synchronised grazing, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Synchronised grazing, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

These are particularly cute. Uncertain about the world around them, I just can’t stop taking photos of them. They are very photogenic.

Not sure about those annoying birds, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Not sure about those annoying birds, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

This one got irritated by the birds, cleaning their fur from parasites. 

Careful bite to the neck, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

A careful bite to the neck, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Now and then, play fights break out.

Gentle bite in the ass, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Gentle bite in the ass, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

This slightly larger zebra was picking on his younger family member.

You never listen to what I say, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

You never listen to what I say, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Biting around the neck area signals dominance. But no one likes that.

On your knees, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

On your knees, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

When the dispute erupts, each one tries to bite the legs and topple the other over.

Give me that hoof, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Give me that hoof, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Agility and strength is the key here. 

Still wiggling his way out, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Still wiggling his way out, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Sometimes, things got a bit heated.

Even competitors, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Even competitors, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

These two grown zebras had a dominance issue to resolve.

Winning technique, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Winning technique, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

One is always more agile than the other.

Fowl after milk feeding, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Foal after milk feeding, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

These scenes weren’t often witnessed and adrenaline restored quickly.

Elephant photo shoot bomb, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Elephant photo shoot bomb, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Zebras often photobombed my camera.

Waterhole scenes in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Waterhole scenes in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Concentrating on a particular animal, zebras came out of nowhere to play their own starring role.

Thin stripes look almost painted, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Thin stripes look almost painted, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Crawshay’s zebras up here have thinner stripes all around the body, extending to their hooves.

Stripes all the way, South Luangwa, Zambia

Stripes all the way, South Luangwa, Zambia

They are a subspecies of their South African relatives.

Grazing zebra in black and white, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Grazing zebra in black and white, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

This gives a more surreal spectrum on photos, particularly taken in black and white. It seems that each individual has the exact same pattern.

Butt shot, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Butt shot, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Even from behind, another favorite pose of mine.

Perfexy mane, South Luangwa National Park,Zambia

Perfexy mane, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The stripes extend almost perfectly into the mane, which stands up perfectly.

Punk zebras in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Punk zebras in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

A punk zebra. Add a pair of sunnies and this one would be really cool.

Zebra Mother and fowl in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Zebra Mother and fowl in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Driving a car with zebra patterns has just deepened my fascination with zebras.

3 thoughts on “Zebras at South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

  1. Fascinating creatures. When you really study them, you can see that their stripes are like our fingerprints; similar but but with their own unique identity.

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