This species was named after the well-known
traveller and naturalist, W.J. Burchell, who brought the original specimen
from South Africa and presented it to the British Museum. Burchell's Zebra
stand about 135 cm / 54 inch at the shoulder and have a mass of about 315 kg
/ 700 lb.. Horse-like appearance , no dewlap, short ears and upright neck
Yellowish, white ore beige with broad, transverse,
black strips on the hind parts. Stripes on the flanks extend down to
the belly. Vertical strips on the croup. Frequently yellowish or greyish
shadow strips between the black strips. Striping on the lower limbs may be
incomplete or absent. Big, round, horse-like hooves. Foals have coarse body
hair, especially on their backs, and the dark stripes have a brownish
colour. In all the species that occur in the subregion no two individuals
are exactly alike and, in any population, there are some that do not conform
to the general pattern. Zebra interbreed with donkeys.
Open savanna plains and wood land savanna.
Burchell's Zebra are endemic to the Kalahari and Etosha area. today, they occur on many farms through introduction.
Predominantly grazers, but occasionally will browse.
They feed on grass until it is very short. In general, they drink daily and
depend strongly on water. Burchell's Zebra are therefore never far from
water sources, unless they are moving to look for new feeding terrains.
362 – 365 days.
About 20 years.
Burchell's Zebra are gregarious, living in small family
groups of 5 - 15 animals. During dry periods, larger aggregations of several
families and bachelor groups are seen, associated with wildebeest.
Characteristic bark. Whistling inhalations are followed by their
characteristic trisyllabic vocalisations of "kwa-ha-ha".