The Zebra (Equus burchellii), known for their black and white stripes, are a part of the horse family. There are 3 types of Zebra: the Burchell’s Zebra, the Grevys Zebra and the Mountain Zebra. Many people are familiar with Zebras because of their unique stripes.These stripes are used as camouflage, presumably. They have very strong legs and predators are sure to be kicked. The zebras blend into one another to confuse predators. They are very social and therefore, graze together and even groom one another.

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• No 2 stripes are exactly alike on the Zebras
• Burchell’s Zebra are the most common type of Zebra
• They live 25 years, on average• If a zebra is attacked, its family will come to its defense, circling the zebra and protecting it
• The word ‘zebra’ came from the Old Portuguese language word, zevra meaning wild ass


Thorough preparation is the key factor to ensuring a high-quality final product. All hides are tanned and oiled using the world’s very best available chemicals and processes to ensure permanence and longevity.Forms are selected to ensure the best fit and posture will be altered to suit you, the client’s preference without additional cost. Natural habitat bases are custom-made for full mount trophies without additional cost.Only the finest materials and 40 years of professional experience are used in defining your trophies in a whole new way. The final trophies are almost Life-Formed. When the restoration is required, every effort is made to repair cuts and abrasions, and to minimise bullet damage. Natural scarring is kept unless otherwise requested.


Zebras are constantly on the go, searching for new grazing areas and watering holes, and travel with other grazers such as Wildebeest. Zebras live in small family groups, consisting of the adult males and females and their offspring. They feed on grasses and stems and are water dependent

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Professional Zebra Taxidermy


Zebras are iconic to the African continent and a highlight of any hunt. Zebras are a type of ungulate native to Africa that is easily recognisable by its herd lifestyle and singular hoof. Each Zebra in the wild has its own distinctive pattern of stripes, and there are several different Zebra species.

There are two recognised subspecies of Zebra. Only the Burchell’s Zebra, with their distinctive shadow stripes, may be considered a true plains game animal in South Africa. Both the native Cape Mountain Zebra and the introduced Namibian subspecies, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, can be found in the country. In addition to preferring higher altitudes, mountain Zebras are distinguished by a lack of shadow stripes, brown colouring around the snout, and a pronounced dewlap in adult stallions. Burchell’s Zebras are more common in the country.  Zebras are grazers and are known for their heightened awareness. When they are cut off from their familial group, they will call. Each Zebra’s unique pattern serves as a unique identifier, just like a fingerprint does for humans.


Hunting Zebra

Because determining a Zebra’s sex is difficult, it’s not always included in hunting permits. One of the mares will lead the herd away, while the stallion acts as a rear guard during a flight; he will frequently pause and glance back, giving you a chance to shoot. The stallion will typically lead the herd to water and will graze alone or on the margins of the herd when the herd is together. If you’re going Zebra hunting, it might help to know these behaviours. In order to make an accurate assessment of trophies, good glassing is required. if you want a flat skin rather than a mount, note that the old stallions are likely to be battered and damaged. Early mornings and late afternoons are prime times for Zebra hunting.

The 30 caliber should be preferred over the.270 Win. Zebra hunting requires large caliber-expanding soft-points. This challenging equine requires precise shot placement to avoid a hard day and the loss of your trophy. Do not be scared to use more gun, rather than less.

The high heart/lung shot is best. Always sight up the front leg centre and shoot between one third and half way into the body. Your Zebra will drop to the shoulder/spinal shot if you shoot higher and forward through the shoulder blade centre. When hunting Zebra from the front, aim for the chest near the base of the neck.


What is Zebra Taxidermy?

The Zebra taxidermy mount is selected based on factors such as budget, wall space, and personal preference. Life-Form Taxidermy values extensive interaction with the customer to create a prized mount, as each trophy is given a unique form and arrangement.

Preparation is the most important aspect of making a good taxidermy item. The skins are tanned and oiled using only the highest-quality chemicals and techniques, guaranteeing their durability and lifespan for generations to come. All of the forms we sell at Life-Form are selected are shaped by hand to ensure a perfect fit.

All of our full mount trophies come with the industry standard natural habitat base. We use only high-quality materials and our 40 years of industry experience to offer your trophies their shot at glory. The final products look really lifelike. When restoration is necessary, every attempt is made to fix abrasions and cuts while limiting bullet damage. Natural scars will remain unless otherwise instructed.


Skin Preparation for a Flawless Zebra Trophy

Trophy capes suffer most from hair loss and skin degeneration. Skin the animal and apply salt to prevent the hair from slipping immediately after killing it. Remove it from sunlight immediately. The carcass cools quickly once the intestines are removed.

Wash the bullet wound immediately to stop bleeding. Never drag the animal. Make sure your trophy is correctly labeled. Hanging the carcass keeps the hair out of the blood.

You must define your mount type for the skinners to meet your needs. If undecided, prepare for a complete mount. Taxidermists may remove skin but not add it. After skin removal, trim excess meat and fat. When salting an animal, it’s best to wait 30 minutes after skinning it.

Immerse skin in salt overnight. Put the skin in two cm of salt in a cool, shady area. After 24 hours, hang the cape to dry. Pesticides prevent insects from devouring skin and storage areas.


The Zebra Taxidermy Process and Methods

Life-Form Taxidermy will create a skin replica that is indistinguishable from the original based on your specifications. We invest a great deal of time in the consultation phase because we want to thoroughly comprehend the client’s desired outcome.

The skins are tanned and oiled using only the finest chemicals and processes to ensure that they will last for years. Each skin is tested on a manikin to ensure optimum fit. After the precise positioning of the eyes and ears has been confirmed, a competent specialist sews the skin. Before applying any final touches, the taxidermist will wait until the trophy is completely dry.


Taking Care of Your Zebra Trophy

Taxidermied animals require special care and upkeep to maintain their preservation and avoid damage.

You should keep your Zebra taxidermy in a dry, cold environment, out of the reach of any pests. Cover it or put it in a storage box to keep out dust and light. The Zebra’s fur will lose its colour and its skin may dry up if exposed to the sun for too long, which can lead to cracks and rips.

Regular dusting with a gentle brush or a dry, lint-free cloth can keep the Zebra’s fur looking its best. You can rely on the Medix Africa solution to protect your mount. This product is used and distributed by Life-Form Taxidermy.

Keep it far from any heat sources, since this could cause the skin to dry up and the fur to become brittle. Keep your taxidermy Zebras away from any heat sources such as radiators, fireplaces, etc.

Don’t touch it with your bare hands, since this might harm the fur and discolour it over time due to the oils and grime on your hands. Use protective gloves whenever you handle your Zebra taxidermy. Inspect your trophy on a regular basis to look for any deterioration or other signs of damage. It’s best to have a skilled taxidermist fix any tears or missing fur you find.


Frequently Asked Questions


How Much does a Zebra Trophy Cost?

The pricing of your Zebra trophy will depend on the trophy’s condition, the number of trophies ordered, and any necessary repairs. Please contact us for a quote.


How Long does a Zebra Trophy Take?

An average of between eight and 12 months are required to complete a Zebra taxidermy mount at Life-Form Taxidermy.

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