Just like human fingerprints, no two zebra stripes are the same, although each of the three species of zebra have the same general stripe patterns. Scientists believe their stripes may have a social purpose and help zebra recognize each other. So why do zebra have stripes in the first place? We don’t exactly know why, but all the stripes may confuse predators like lions, and deter pesky biting flies. The stripes may also help regulate body temperature. There are three species of zebra, all found in Africa: Grevy’s zebra, plains zebra, and mountain zebra – you’ll see Hartmann’s Mountain zebra in the African Savanna at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.