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Tim Caro, professor of wildlife biology at UC Davis, in the zebra suit that helped him answer research questions.


Photo by Maurice Weiss





Caro knows why
zebras have stripes

Staff writer
Why are giant pandas and zebras black and white?
That’s the sort of question animal behaviorists ask themselves and each other when they’re sitting in a scorching Land Rover in the middle of the Serengeti Plains or having a few beers after a long, boring day in the field.
Not everyone will take the next 10 years thinking up ways to test the various hypotheses to come up with evidence that convinces them, and their colleagues, that they have the right answer. But that’s exactly what Tim Caro, Winters resident and professor of wildlife biology at UC Davis did.
Caro says his interest in animal behavior started at age 3 when his mother gave him “The Observer’s Book of Birds” and he knew he wanted to be a zoologist.
Time passed, he got degrees in zoology and psychology and started a research career focusing on mammals, and particularly questions about why some mammals have very distinct color patterns.
Why are zebras striped? Why do giant pandas have the distinct and charming appearance that makes them the darling of zoos and zoo-goers? . . .


Freshman Brandon Gomez throws a strike for the Winters High School varsity baseball team during the Warriors 1-0 victory over Dixon on Friday, March 3.

Photo by Eric Lucero





Warriors win Colusa Tournament

Creamer hits homerun

Express sports

After a tough loss to Woodland High School on Wednesday, March 8, the Winters High School varsity baseball team went on a four-game winning streak last week and won the Colusa Tournament. The Warriors traveled to Woodland for a night game and lost 13-3 to the Wolves in their first of five games.
Brandon Gomez batted 1 for 2 with a run scored. Greg Creamer went 1 for 3 with an RBI. Daniel Carrion batted 1 for 3 with a run scored. Ruben Valencia batted 1 for 3 with a double. Jacob Roberts had an RBI and Logan Ray went 1 for 3 at the plate.
On Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11, Winters competed in the Colusa Annual Tournament and went 4-0 to bring home the championship. The Warriors started the tournament against Pierce and pulled off a 12-1 victory over the Bears. Winters scored three runs in the first, six in the second and three more in the third to end the game early.
Valencia took the mound and the win, throwing the first four innings, giving up one run on one hit and had two strikeouts. Anthony Simone threw the last inning giving up no runs and no hits.
Creamer led the Warriors at the plate batting 3 for 4 with a home run, two doubles, three runs scored and four RBI. Gomez batted 2 for 2 with three runs scored and an RBI. Anthony Carrion batted 2 for 3 with two RBI. Sammy Gonzales went 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI. Valencia batted 1 for 4 with two runs scored. Simone batted 1 for 2. Daniel Carrion batted 1 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI. Ray batted 1 for 3 with a run scored and Roberts went 1 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI. . . .