Zebras living in Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater

To see zebras playing in the wild, among countless species of animals, is mind blowing. The markings or withers on the necks are what allow the zebras to recognize one another, band together, as protection to confuse other animals. It’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to kill them just for their hides or why many African animals are killed to feed the “collectors” and their need to feel more “exotic,” by expressing a sort of style or statement on a floor or a wall? It’s perhaps part of the reason why I have never been a fan of the zebra print itself used in interiors. But here on safari in Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, these zebras roam freely. This is where I found myself able to appreciate their unique beauty, along with all the other animals, and it’s truly where I think they belong–among the living.