Zebra are a popular first time hunter's trophy, once they get over the 'shooting a horse' hang-up. It's a great animal for a first timer to learn to track quietly and use cover and the wind efficiently.
Zebra Huntable Species
- Plains/Burchell's Zebra - Equus quagga burchellii
- Cape Mountain Zebra - Equus zebra zebra
- Hartmann's Mountain Zebra - Equus zebra hartmannae
Habitat and Requirements
- Mountain zebras live in dry, stony, mountainous and hilly habitats. They prefer slopes and plateaus and are excellent rock climbers.
- Burchell's zebras graze mainly in open, short-grass savanna with reliable water.
- The mountain zebras form small family groups consisting of a single stallion, several mares, and their recent offspring.
- Bachelor males live in separate groups.
- Mountain zebra groups do not aggregate into herds like plains zebras.
- Burchell's zebra live in permanent small family groups made up of a stallion and one to several mares and their foals.
- All zebras have a 12 month gestation period and usually 1 foal is produced.
Zebra Gender Identification
- Zebra are notoriously difficult to sex as both male and female are of similar size and the genitalia is often hard to see.
- The necks of males tend to be slightly thicker than the females.
- The most reliable way to determine the sex of a zebra is to observe their behaviour - the herd is usually led away from danger by the lead mare and the stallion is usually at the rear. He will often stop and look back.
Zebra Hunting Methods
- Spotting, walking and stalking the likely habitats. Check for fresh tracks at waterholes.
A Good Zebra Trophy
- An old stallion past breeding, is preferable but he will probably have a scarred skin. If the look of the skin is important, select a younger stallion.
Zebra Hunting Shot Placement
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