Cape Mountain Zebra

  • Average weight male (stallion) 234  kg
  • Average weight female (mare) 250–260  kg
  • Average shoulder height of 116 to 128 cm.
  • Mating season: All year, with peaks in Dec-Feb

Mountain Zebra differs from the Plains (Burchells) Zebra in size (it’s smaller but has relatively longer legs), presence of dewlap, stripe pattern (including a complete white belly), and behavior: Mountain zebra doesn’t form large herds like Plains Zebra, and sticks to small harems and bachelor groups. Two subspecies are recognized: Cape Mountain Zebra and Hartmanns Zebra.

Cape Mountain Zebra has white stripes that are typically more narrow than its dark stripes, resulting in overall darker appearance. Unlike other species, Cape Mountain Zebra mares are bigger than stallions. They inhabit bare hills and sparsely wooded uplands of the Eastern Cape province in South Africa, as well as in Namibia. Hartmann’s Zebra has the lighter stripes that are more duff in color than pure white, and so the zebra sometimes looks ‘golden’. Hartmann’s Zebra is found in Namibia and on some hunting operations in South Africa.

Hunting mountain zebra South Africa is hunting for one of the unusual animals in South Africa. Rugs (flat skins) are the most popular way of having your mountain zebra trophy mounted. Mountain zebra hunting South Africa is far more difficult than a hunter would expect. They have fine-tuned hearing and smelling, and exceptional eyesight. Because mountain zebra are herd animals, it is very hard to approach them unseen and a shot should be taken as soon as one is presented.

The vital organs area is situated low in the chest making it rather easy to wound one of these though animals and correct shot placements is vital. A bad shot at a zebra, will make your day a long one! Mountain Zebra is more rare than the Plains Zebra (Burchell´s), however it is legal to hunt with the correct permissions.

Differences between Mountain Zebra and Burchell’s (Plains/Common) Zebra

  • Stripes down the legs of mountain zebra are more prevalent and more pronounced than with Burchell’s zebra.
  • Stripes down the flanks of the mountain zebra end on the upper region of the belly and do not extend all the way under the belly.
  • Mountain zebra have more pronounced ears than Burchell’s zebra.
  • The stripes on the body of Mountain zebra do not have shadow stripes.
  • Mountain zebra have a dewlap that does not occur on the burchell´s zebra.

Recommended calibers: .270 Win, 7mm remington magnum, 30-06 and bigger!