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Burchell's zebra stallion chasing a rival in South Africa

The social structure of Burchell’s zebras is based on a stallion leading a herd of mares—the whole group is called a harem. A young stallion may attempt to lead one of the mares away to his own harem, an effort that may result in a rough confrontation with the resident stallion. Or, the resident male may simply chase the interloper off, as depicted in this photo.


Burchell’s zebra is a southern subspecies of the plains zebra. It is named after the British explorer and naturalist William John Burchell. Common names include bontequagga, Damara zebra, and Zululand zebra.
Scientific name: Equus quagga burchellii

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