Burchell's Zebra (or the common or plains zebra) was named after the well-known traveller and naturalist, W.J. Burchell. They inhabit savannah, from treeless grasslands to open woodlands. Zebras stay in family groups of a stallion, or male, and several mares, but different families will come together in huge herds of hundreds of zebras. They are distinguished from Hartmann's Mountain Zebra by:
- The yellowish or greyish shadow stripes between the black on the hind quarters.
- The lack of 'gridiron' pattern on the top of the hind quarters.
- The absence of dewlap (the loose fold of skin hanging under the throat).