PLAINS (BURCHELLS ZEBRA) (Eequus burchellii)

Track:
5” (127 mm) x 4” (102 mm)

Average mass:
682 lb (310 kg)

Average shoulder height:
51” (130 cm)

Suggested calibers:
.30 and above
Bow:
60 lb with fixed broad head

Distribution

Eastern and Western Africa, the entire Southern Africa, Kenya, and Northern Tanzania.

Identification

White coat with black stripes and white underpants. The Southern species have shadow stripes overlaid with white stripes. Central and East African animals have no shadow stripes. The tail is short-haired towards the base, but then long-haired. The ears are comparatively shorter than those of other Zebra species.

Differences between male and female:

Usually the females are smaller than the males, but in some cases very large females have been recorded.

Habitat

Mainly open woodland and grassland savanna.

Habits

Run in small family herds, consisting of an adult stallion, mares and their accompanying young. Sometimes up to several hundred. Males will fight viciously to retain or gain tenure over mares. Stallions without breeding units join together in bachelor herds or run alone. They frequently mix with other herding species such as Impala, Blue wildebeest, Topi and Gazelles. Access to water is an essential requirement and they usually drink every day.

Food

Grass, but on occasion do browse.

Vocalization

High whistling whinny like a kwa-ha-ha sound.

Breeding

A single foal is dropped after a gestation period of approximately just over 12 months.

Age

The lifespan of the Plains zebra is approximately 28 years.