Characteristics: This species was named after the well-known traveller and naturalist, W.J. Burchell, who brought the original specimen from South Africa and presented it to the British Museum. Burchell's zebra stand about 135 cm / 54 inch at the shoulder and have a mass of about 315 kg / 700 lb.. It has a horse-like appearance, no dewlap, short ears and an upright neck mane with distinct black nose. Males are slightly larger than females and have a narrow dark stripe running vertically from the base of the mane to the tail and females have a wider one.

Colouring: Yellowish, white or beige with broad, transverse, stripes on the hind parts. Stripes on the flanks extend down to the belly. Vertical stripes on the croup. Frequently yellowish or greyish shadow strips between the black strips. Striping on the lower limbs may be incomplete or absent. Big, round, horse-like hooves. Foals have coarse body hair, especially on their backs, and the dark stripes have a brownish color. In all the species that occur in the sub region, no two individuals are exactly alike and, in any population, there are some that do not conform to the general pattern.