During August of 2011 I was working in the Masai Mara, and whilst out on a game drive a came upon an interesting sighting. It was during the time of the annual great migration where literally millions of wildebeest and zebra enter the Maasai Mara from the Serengeti.
We had stumbled across a lion sighting and within minutes there were hoards of taxis cramping the pride, and so we decided to leave and take an alternative route back to camp where there were no other cars. We drove through a herd of a few hundred zebra, and when you've been in the Mara for a while you tend to overlook these beautiful animals, and the lines begin to blur and it can become a bit boring, to be honest. But one day this beautiful zebra caught my eye, contrasting rather drastically amongst the other black and white creatures, that I had to have a closer look. Isaac, the game ranger, confirmed that the zebra was certainly an adult zebra, but I was shocked to see that it was much more brown in colour than black, and that it's striped were warped and he even had some 'polka dot' kind of markings. I have tried to research other similar cases and have found none except for an old article which identified a similarly marked zebra, and that case was in fact used to determine whether zebras were black with white stripes or vice versa.
I have taken photos of the zebra that I took myself in the southern part of the Maasai Mara, near Keekorok. If you are interested in seeing them I would be happy to pass them along.
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