(Chapman, Crawshay, Damara, Grant and Upper Zambezi races)

Regional Names

Afrikaans: Bont- of Vlaktekwagga French: Zèbre de Burchell
German: Steppenzebra Portuguese: Zebra da Burchell
Nama: !Goareb Shangaan: Mangwa
Sotho: Pitsi Spanish: Cebra de burchelli
Shona: Mbizi Swahili: Punda milia
Tswana: Pitsi Xhosa: Iqwarhashe
Zulu: Idube
Average Body Dimensions Trophy Dimensions
Average male mass: 700 lb (320 kg) Rowland Ward Minimum: n/a
Average shoulder height 4.3’ (1,30m) Rowland Ward Record: n/a
Spoor size front: 3.0” (77mm) SCI Minimum (Rifle): n/a
Spoor size rear: 3.3” (83mm) SCI Minimum (Bow): n/a


Crawshay’s race is found in eastern Zambia, northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania. Chapman’s race dominates southern Mozambique, all but south-western Zimbabwe and a bit of south-eastern Zambia. Grant’s race occupy south-western Ethiopia, Kenya, southern tip of Somalia, South Sudan, northern Tanzania and Uganda. In north-eastern Namibia, Botswana and northern parts of South-Africa one finds the Damara race.


They live in small family herds of about 4 – 9 animals comprising of the adult stallion, 2 – 5 mares plus young not exceeding two years. Larger herds are common during migrations, but family units retain their integrity. Stallions vigorously defend or attempt to acquire family heards, but stallions without breeding units join bachelor groups or run alone. In some areas such as the Serengeti zebra are seasonal migrants, but elsewhere they are largely sedentary.

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Hunting tips

It is easier to hunt bachelor herds than the breeding unit bull. As with many other species the herd bull generally trails behind the breeding unit. Zebra are often found mixed with blue wildebeest which complicates the pursuit. One can also start on spoor at water. When wounded zebra generally head for water. Unless scars are part of the fascination, shoot a younger bachelor with less bite and hoof scars on the skin.

Sexual Dimorphism

Males may be of heavier built than females.

Habitat & Food

Open grassed woodland and grassland savannah with sufficient water. They are predominantly grazers, but browse during dry spells.

Rifle and Cartridge Recommendations

Bolt Action Rifles: Any decent bolt action rifle will do. So will single shot rifles. Moderate velocity, reasonably compact combinations are recommended.

Double Rifles: There is no need for a double rifle when zebra hunting.

Single Shot Rifles: No problem.

Bullets: Opt for premium jacketed-, solid-shank-, bonded core or monometal bullets on zebra.

Typical Cartridges: Zebra have been known to attack hunters surrounding it when waking up from the shock of a shot. They are not renowned for tenaciously clinging to life, but they are big animals that require enough gun.

7mm Magnums 175-gr bullets
.300 Magnums ≥200-gr bullets
8 x 60 / 68mm 225-gr bullets
.318 Westley Richards 250-gr bullets
.338-06 and .338 Magnums ≥250-gr bullets
.35 calibres 250-gr bullets
9,3 x 62 / 64mm 286-gr bullets
.375’s ≥270-gr bullets

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