Hi, I'm Gary Wilson, at America's Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College. Zebras, of course, are recognized by their black and white striped pattern. The stripes on a zebra perform two important functions. One is as a visual camouflage. As a lion or another predator would try and attack the zebra, the stripes are very confusing, and actually will make the lion misjudge how close the zebra is, so the zebra may escape that way. They're also important in zebras recognizing each other. Each zebra has a unique set of stripes, its unlike any other zebra's stripes. So, they can recognize individuals just like you can tell your friends apart.