We only offer Burchell's
zebras. These are
not endangered and are quite common in the wild. There are
more than 240,000 animals living in the wild today. See below
for the difference between Burchell's and Hartmann's species.
Most of our zebra skins come from government-approved herd thinning
implemented to protect and encourage propagation of all species.
Some of the skins are from hunters on safari.
Zebras live in the wild and are attacked by predators (lions,
hyenas, cheetahs, and wild dogs) which leave scars. Some
scratch themselves and cause minor damage to the skin. Our
zebra skins are of all sizes and grades. Skins that are
completely blemish free are virtually unknown. Because of
this, we offer the skins in four different grades:
|| These are the best skins
possible. Good head, good body, tail. Nice presentation. Very few flaws. Assume the top 1/10% of what is available (1 in 1,000).
Everyone has a different grading system. One competitor recently wanted to buy trophy skins from us and said that she buys these for US$1,000. I laughed. One person's trophy skins is someone else's lower-grade skins. These are true trophy grade skins.
|| Minor imperfections which are only seen upon close
examination. All zebra skins have
rubs around the groin. Good for decoration, making ottomans and furniture.
|| Larger imperfections. Some are obvious from several
|| Repaired imperfections caused from scratches and predators.
These are primarily used for craft purposes, e.g., making pillows,
gun cases, key fobs, etc.
For an explanation of how measurements are
derived, please click here.
If you want the mane to stand up, you can use a
small amount of hair gel.
These skins are not felted. We have a
taxidermist who can felt them for US$500.00 extra.
Genus and species: Equus burchelli. Wild.
Not subject to CITES for the Burchell's zebra--the
only ones we offer in the United States.
An average skin weighs about seven pounds.
Add two or three pounds for the weight of the box for shipping.
Product of South Africa or Zimbabwe