Hunting zebra in South Africa is more difficult than most first time hunters realize. The general perception is that zebra are tame, as they’re often viewed in zoos around the world.
The African hunting reality is a different one. Years of being the top choice of prey for lions have blessed them with good eyesight and an especially well-developed sense of smell. Hunting zebra is never as easy as it may first appear.
Unlike the hartmanns mountain zebra and cape mountain zebra, burchells zebra are widely distributed throughout Southern Africa. They prefer open woodlands and grassland and form large family herds of 10-20 animals and will often associate with blue wildebeest.
Blue wildebeest like short grass, zebra like long grass and it’s a symbiotic relationship. Burchells zebra differ in appearance from the two species of mountain zebra
-the have shadow stripes on their white stripes between the black stripes
-the stripe pattern goes around their stomachs
Sexing a zebra is extremely difficult and often done by observing their habits rather than looking for any difference in their appearance. Stallions will often lead the herd and be on the periphery when grazing.
Stallions often have bite scars from years of fighting. When hunting zebra for the hide, choose the one with the best skin – male or female.