Traffic Zebras in La Paz - Vikingess Voyages

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Traffic Zebras in La Paz

One of the interesting things you can come across in La Paz is people dressed up like zebras. You might start wondering what's going on, but don't worry, they are just there in order to help you cross the street and to teach the bolivians to respect traffic rules..!
The reason for them to use zebras as mascots, is that the pattern of the zebras fur resembles the pattern of the crosswalk. Also, the kids love them too of course, it is truly easier to "win" the kids trust with a zebra. For some reason people in uniform just doesn't seem to have the same effect.. :p

Posing zebra!
One of the many zebra-posters in town
The zebras are really friendly; often they wave at you and strikes a pose so you can take their picture. They can be really funny to bump into on the street. Sometimes they even do some dance moves in the middle of the street when the traffic light is red. Haha. Here you have a video of some zebras in action (unfortunately no dancing moves though..)

And by the way, I've actually heard that for some reason most of the people working as zebras in La Paz come from abroad, particularly other south american countries. Seems like a funny part-time job, or..? If you've ever dreamed of dancing around in a zebra costume in the middle of the day, in the middle of town, this might just be the job for you. x)

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