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Plains zebra

Equus quagga, formerly Equus burchelli


The plains zebra is also known as the common zebra and Burchell's zebra. Most notable are its stripes of black and white, with a dark brown muzzle. Striping is vertical on the front of its body and trends toward the horizontal on its hindquarters and is also horizontal on its legs. They are thick-bodied and have relatively short legs. The plains zebra is smaller than the other two species. Adults can weigh up to approximately 850 pounds.


The plains zebra is the most widespread of the three zebra species. It inhabits parts of a number of African nations to include: South Africa north to Ethiopia and west to Namibia. Today, it predominantly lives in game reserves and national parks where it is not threatened by farming and livestock encroachment, as well as by hunting for its meat and hide.


This specimen was seen at the Rhino & Lion Park outside Johannesburg.

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Rustic 41
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Rustic 41

Rustenburg Local Municipality, North West, South Africa

Lat: -25.57, Long: 27.46

Spotted on May 27, 2011
Submitted on Feb 17, 2014

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