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  1. billc

    billc SILVER SUPPORTER AH Fanatic

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    After my son took his zebra this became as must have for me.I am wondering how many different ones there are to hunt.I hope to take a burchells this trip and a mountain zebra when I get to namibia one day.I have seen it on some price list a cape mountain zebra and have heard someone talk about a bone zebra but know nothing about were they maybe hunted.So how many zebras can be hunted and what difference are there in them.I know the mtn zebra has no shadow strips but what about the cape mtn or bone.Just trying to add to my future list for africa. :praying:
     
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    The experts will no doubt wiegh in. I have hunted the Burchell or plains zebra, which I beleive is the most common. It tends to have shadow striping in southern Africa, but the shadow stripes disappear as you move farther north to Tanzania and Kenya.

    I have also hunted the Hartmann mountain zebra. I believe - and I have no doubt I will be corrected if I am wrong - that there are two subspecies of mountain zebra - the cape mountain zebra and the Hartmann zebra (both equus zebra, but E. zebra zebra in the first case and E. zebra hartmannae in the second). I'm not sure I could tell the two sub-species apart, but the Hartmann is easy to differentiate from the Burchall. The Hartmann is generally larger, has more of a "fishbone" stripe pattern with no shadow stripes at all, and has a browish striped face as well as a prominent dewlap. The Hartmann also tends to have a longer and therefore "scruffier" mane than the Burchall.

    Personally, I find the Hartmann makes a much nicer rug, since it has more of a "velvet" type of hide with luster, if that term can be applied to a hide, whereas the Burchall has more of a normal hair feel to it.

    I have found both can be difficult to hunt in their own way. All zebra seem extremely skittish - likely from being on the menu for lions. The plains zebra can be hard to approach to get a decent shot, because of the lack of cover, and the Hartmann are in difficult terrain. Again, just my experience, but even with a killing shot, they seem able to soak up the lead and travel a fair distance. Always been happy to have a good tracker with me!

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Thanks hank I just never heard of the cape mtn zebra before.How to get more info from guys on how many different kind there are to hunt.
     
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    Bill, As far as I know and the last time I heard, as an American, you won't be able to import the Cape Mountain Zebra into the US.
     
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    Marius that is good to know.I can not find to much info on the cape mountain zebra.If I cant bring it home I would not want to hunt one anyway.Thanks for the help
     
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    Grevys zebra in Tanzania, Burchells Zebra and the 2 Mountain Zebras are all separate species. I have never heard of a bone zebra.

    Cape Mountain Zebra is CITES I so good luck getting a permit anywhere on the planet. Beautiful animals, bigger than the Hartmanns I believe. With any luck SA breeders will remedy the lack of Cape Mountain Zebras and get them downrated to CITES II or right off the list ideally.
     
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    so there is one I missed to as I never heard of the grevys zebra before.I have only seen the bone zebra talked about like twice in 5 years.Cant even remember were so can go back and look.I guess I could maybe google it and see what comes up.:confused: what an idea lol
     
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    Can't hunt a Grevy's as far as I know. I saw some of that species I believe on my trip to Kenya in 1995. Protected from hunting from what I've read. My first animal was a Burchell's, (plains zebra). After about three days of stalking we got lucky. Whatever the case, hunting a zebra is very challenging and makes for a beautiful trophy. From what I understand not too many of the locals eat zebra flesh, (some do of course) but I tried it and I have to admit ( I am a semi-veg, only ate the meat of my kills) it was the best meat I have ever eaten, second only to the eland liver. My Ph insisted on a trophy with a tail, and of course a stallion.. Hard to distinguish sometimes but with an experienced PH it's not too difficult. Good luck!! I am very proud of my beautiful zebra trophy rug.
     
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    Billc,

    Maybe Boehm's Zebra?

    "E. q. boehmi (Grant's Zebra or Boehm's Zebra) is found in Zambia, west of the Luangwa River, west to Kariba, Shaba Province of DR Congo north to Kibanzao Plateau; Tanzania north from Nyangaui and Kibwezi into south-west Uganda, south- west Kenya as far as Sotik, and east Kenya, east of the Rift Valley, into southern Ethiopia and perhaps to the Juba River in Somalia.

    Read more here: IUCN Equids Specailist Group
     
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    I believe it is possible to hunt the Chapman's subspecies in Mozambique's Coutada 9
     
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    seems to be more of them then I thought.I know remember hearing about the chapman to.That boehm's could be what I thought was the bone one.I am looking forward to one day hunting the mtn zebra for sure.Anyone who I have talked with just had good things to say about that hunt.
     
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    Namibia is the place for Hartmann'a Mt. Zebra. Very reasonable priced, indigenous to Namibia. They are larger then the Burchell's. The stripe pattern on the rump above the tail is awesome. Great for a rug.

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