Zebras are wild animals, and one of the core meanings for life is to ensure the survival of the species. To do that they have to protect their young. They older members of the herd will sacrifice themselves by putting themselves on the outside of the heard in harms way to protect the young.
One train of thought is that the stripes, when moving as a heard in unison, give the predators a hard time with focusing on one animal. The stripes are an evolutionary way of protecting and helping ensure the survival of the species....
Now who wouldn't wanna protect these two cute lil things... LOL
Come to Africa with me where we will be photographing the zebra. Check those tours here.