Plains Zebra Equus quagga (formerly Equus burchellii)

Plains Zebra
Chapmans Zebra
There are three species of Zebra - Plains, Mountain and Grevy's - all are black (or dark brown) and white striped small horses native to Africa, but the basic stripe pattern and other features vary.
Plains Zebra
Plains Zebra - shadow-striped
Plains Zebra
The most common is the Plains Zebra shown here, with wider white stripes than the others and which has several subspecies. Recent research (2018) suggests these may not be subspecies but "clines" of one species. The most common Plains subspecies (or clines) are Chapman's Zebra above and Grant's (further below).
Chapman's shadow stripes Shadow stripes
Plains Zebra - no shadow-stripes No shadow stripes
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Chapman's or the southern Plains Zebra from southern Africa (above) can have plain white stripes between the black or, within the same herds, can have shadow light brown/grey stripes on the rump as shown above left. Chapman's and Burchell's, the most southerly zebras, are said to be the only subspecies to have shadow stripes.
Chapman's zebra
Chapman's plains zebra
Chapman's Plains Zebra foal
Chapman's also has light, partial striping on its lower legs, though individuals differ. One subspecies (Burchell's, also called Damara) has no stripes on the lower legs and some (Grant's/Selous'/Crawshay's/Maneless from East and southeast Africa) continue full stripes down to the hooves.
Chapman's Plains Zebra
Chapman's Plains Zebra
Plains Zebras
A particularly dark version of Chapman's Plains Zebra. Each individual zebra has a different facial pattern and body stripes, like our fingerprints. Zebras can run at some 40 mph.
Grant's Zebra
Grant's Zebra
Grant's Zebra
Grant's subspecies, above, from East Africa, the smallest subspecies, has fully-striped lower legs to the hooves. The northern subspecies generally do not have shadow stripes. The Maneless subspecies has heavily-striped legs; a separate page (see link below) is given to this subspecies.
Grant's Zebra
Grant's Zebra
Grant's Zebra
More Grants zebras above. Plains Zebras have a non-territorial social structure consisting of individual harems of several females, offspring and a stallion joining other harems, groups of bachelor males and sometimes other species to form large (sometimes vast) herds. In this way there are more to warn of predators.