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Racing Stripes

Photo of galloping zebras

Spicies: Plains zebras (Equus quagga)

Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya

Behind The Lens

Why don’t we see Zebras galloping around racetracks or participating in show jumping at the Olympics? Is there a reason you don’t see African buffalo cheese on supermarket shelves and can’t get a lion or hyena to guard your property rather than a German Shepherd (strange corners of the Dark Web aside)? In other words, what is it that makes some animals more suitable for domestication than others?

It’s a complicated question, but in short, a species needs to display several characteristics to be ideal for life alongside humanity. Low levels of aggression, comfort around humans and genetic malleability are all critical. Once the cat was out of the bag, our ancestors tried to domesticate every animal that had the potential to be helpful to them, yet only a few species were found to fit the bill. For better or worse, their existence is now tethered to our own.

So, who got the better deal? There is a clear winner from the perspective of species survival, which is ultimately what evolution is all about. While they share a single common ancestor, today, there are less than 800 000 zebras globally and over 60 million horses. Yet zoom in on the scale of an individual’s life, and the picture changes dramatically. Sure, many horses, dogs and cats live a comfortable life while their wild cousins face a harsh and unforgiving existence, especially since we humans came into the picture and started wiping them and their habitats out on an unfathomable scale.

But who among us would choose the brief and brutal life of an animal destined to live and die on a factory farm or that pulls a plough all day over that of these zebras?

Whether you’re a human being, a zebra or the dog that starred in Lassie (who coincidentally made twice as much as co-star Elizabeth Taylor in the original 1958 film), there are no guarantees in life. All we can hope for is a fair crack and a bit of luck. Seeing these zebras in action is an excellent reminder that freedom is something you can’t (or at the very least shouldn’t) put a monetary value on. We were all born to run free in our natural habitat, and this print can serve as a powerful reminder of that.

The viewing experience

This black and white print of zebras galloping across the plains of Kenya is a striking example of nature photography at its finest. The contrast between the dark stripes on the zebras’ coats and the light background makes for an imposing image, and the photo perfectly captures the grace and power of these magnificent animals in motion. Whether you hang it in your home or office, this print will surely elicit comments and admiring glances from everyone who sees it.

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