One of nature’s great mysteries is why the Zebra has stripes. One theory is that the stripes help the zebra cool down. On hot days the black stripes get a lot hotter than the white area of the zebra and under the black stripes there are special layers of fat for protection. Hot air then rises off the black stripes forcing colder air down around the white areas thus cooling the zebra down. The stripes are also used as camouflage to confuse predators when zebras huddle in great numbers or mingle with herds of antelopes.