Chapman’s Zebra is one of the six sub-species recognised amongst the common Zebra or Burchell’s Zebra. The classification of this sub-species is purely morphological (pattern of stripes, morphology of the cranium...). Genetic studies are being undertaken to distinguish these classifications.
Chapman’s Zebra inhabits South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, and Southern Angola. They have quite a lasting social structure which consists in a stud male, his harem of females and their foals. The number of females varies. As the foals grow they start forming groups of males who will begin challenging other stud males in order to win their harems. The fights are quite violent with bites and kicks that can cause serious harm to opponents.
The zebra populations tend to move around following available water sources. They live on the large savannahs in the rainy season and concentrate close to permanent rivers in the dry season. The total population of zebras in Africa appears to be stable but there are specific areas where their number has diminished due to poaching and the transformation of their habitat. This species has shown that it is capable of recovering if mass hunting is controlled and if their habitat is preserved (thanks to various natural parks there are in their area of distribution).