Grevy’s Zebras use their stripes for several reasons. One use is to distinguish themselves from the herd, as each zebra is the owner of a distinct set of stripes. The coloring is also a survival mechanism, as zebras use them to hide from predators.
The unique pattern also provides thermoregulation. The patterns create a micro-climate on the surface of the skin that prevents the oppressive heat of Africa from overwhelming the animal.
The Reid Park Zoo hosts two zebras: Ben, who moved to town from the San Diego Zoo, and Anna, who comes from a zoo outside Wichita, Kansas.