Zebra Hunting

Zebra hunting can prove very difficult as judging stallions from mares can be very tough. Zebra is a remarkably tough member of the equine family; shot placement is critical.

Shot placement for Zebra hunting
Shot placement for Zebra hunting
How to hunt Zebra, and how much does it cost?

Zebra hunting is done on grassland and savanna and hunted using walk and stalk techniques. A Zebra trophy will cost around $1200.Zebra hunting - trophy shot in the Eastern Cape South Africa

Interesting facts about the Zebra for hunters

  • Every zebra has a unique pattern of stripes. And scientists can use the patterns like bar codes to identify individuals in a herd and keep track of them over time.
  • For a long time, scientists have wondered why zebras have stripes.
  • One prevailing theory held that the stripes confuse predators, making it harder for a lion to pick out an individual zebra from a stampeding herd.
  • Lately, more intriguing theories have emerged. Some scientists think that stripes keep zebras cooler.
  • The dark stripes soak up more sunlight than the light ones, which stirs up eddies of wind that swirl heat away.
  • Researchers have also discovered that biting flies avoid striped patterns.
  • The two theories might be linked as biting flies prefer hot temperatures, so they may be less likely to bite a cooler zebra.
  • One of the three zebra species, the mountain zebra, was nearly extinct in South Africa but was saved by a farmers group.
  • It has incredibly hard, sharp hooves that help it climb and keep its balance in rugged terrain.
  • And while this wild critter can’t grow a mountain man beard, it does have a bizarre, prominent neck flap called a dewlap.
  • The quagga, a distinctive subspecies of the plains zebra, was mostly yellow-brown and un-striped below its shoulders.
  • Native to South Africa, it was driven to extinction by European settlers and hunters. The last quagga died at the Amsterdam Zoo in 1883.
  • Zebras can breed with the horse family. The offspring come in a fantastic variety of semi-striped patterns and are usually infertile.
  • Zebra hunting can be done across South Africa.

The difference between a male and female zebra

Determining the difference between a zebra stallion and a zebra mare is no easy task. Stallions will be heavier with a thicker neck. The stallion will often be at the back of the herd and be looking back at the oncoming danger to protect the herd.

Zebra stallions fighting. The difference between male and female zebra is very difficult to distinguish.
Zebra stallions fighting

About the Zebra

Description of Zebra

The unique stripes of zebras make them one of the animals most familiar to people. They occur in various habitats, such as grasslands, savannas, woodlands, thorny scrublands, mountains, and coastal hills.

Zebras have excellent eyesight. The zebra’s eyes are on the sides of its head, giving it a wide field of view.

They also have night vision, but not as advanced as that of most of their predators. Zebras have excellent hearing due to large, rounded ears and can turn their ears in almost any direction.

In addition to superb eyesight and hearing, zebras also have an acute sense of smell.

The eyesight of zebra can make zebra hunting challenging.

Highly social, zebra live in groups, known as ‘harems,’ consisting of one stallion with up to six mares and their foals.

Information for Zebra hunting

Bachelor males either live alone or with other bachelors until they are old enough to challenge a breeding stallion.

The common plains zebra is about 47–51 inches at the shoulder. It can weigh up to 700 – 900 pounds, males being slightly bigger than females.

  • Plains zebras are the smallest and the most abundant and the most numerous of all the wild members of the horse family. They roam across much of southeastern Africa.
  • Plains zebras come in all sorts of subspecies and coat variations. For example, the further south you travel across Africa, the plains zebras will have fewer stripes on their legs. Nobody’s sure why, but it may have something to do with temperature or populations of those biting flies.
  • Found in Kenya and Ethiopia, Grevy’s zebras have a more donkey-like shape, with huge round ears. The Grevy’s zebra is the largest wild horse family member and can weigh up to 990 pounds.

Zebra Hunting in South Africa

Vital organs showing the position of the heart and lungs
Vital organs for shot placement

Your zebra trophy should have an average shoulder height of around 50 inches, weigh about 800 pounds

Zebra has been reintroduced into the Eastern Cape and is not truly free-ranging. Standard cattle and sheep fences impede the movement of a zebra.

Zebra are relatively widely spread across the Eastern Cape. Hunts are conducted mainly using ambush techniques in open country as well as walk and stalk techniques.

We offer Zebra hunting as an add on to any of our packages.

Hunting zebra can prove difficult as judging stallions from mares can be challenging.

Although it’s the mares who choose the dominant stallion, the stallion will assume his position at the back of a retreating herd, thus being closer to the point of danger, often stopping to look back.

Zebra is very resilient and tough and likely will require a follow-up shot.

Zebra provides the ideal add on to one of our packages, such as the kudunyala package.

Trophy Judgement and Rifle-Caliber

Zebra hunting - trophy shot in the Eastern Cape South Africa. Zebra make an excellent add on to any of our South African Hunting Safari Packages.
Hunting Zebra – trophy shot in the Eastern Cape South Africa. Zebra makes an excellent add-on to any of our South African Hunting Safari Packages.

Zebra is a remarkably tough animal. Shot placement is vital, and a poorly placed shot will result in a long day.

We would recommend the 7mm or 300 Magnums for your Zebra hunt.

For those hunters who do not wish to go through the red tape of bringing a rifle into South Africa, Nick Bowker has available a Sako carbon light 300 Winchester Magnum fitted with a suppressor.

The rifle is mounted with a Swarovski DS with a built-in rangefinder. We have hand loaded Hornady ELD-X 200 grain ammunition.

This set up including ammunition is available as part of all hunting packages free of charge.

Zebra form small herds, usually 8 to 10 in number, consisting of a stallion, several mares, and their foals. Excess males leave the herd and form bachelor herds.

Good glassing is essential in trophy assessment when hunting Zebra.

If it is the flat skin you are after, be advised that the old stallions will most likely be battle-scarred and worn.

Look for a younger male or a mare if an excellent hide is what you seek. As often with African animals, hunting zebra is best in the early morning or late afternoon. Regular drinkers set up an ambush on trails leading to water holes or pans.