Burchell's zebras are plains animals more often found in South Africa while Hartmann's zebras are mountain animals commonly found in Namibia. Burchell's require a South African export permit and a U.S. Fish & Wildlife import permit. They are not subject to CITES. Hartmann's zebras are subject to CITES and are banned from importation into the United States.
There are four ways to tell the difference between Burchell's zebras (Equus burchelli) and Hartmann's zebras (Equus hartmannae):
1) The nose on the Burchell's is brown/black while it is reddish on the Hartmann's.
2) The ears on the Burchell's are rounded while the ears on the Hartmann's are pointed.
3) The stripes on the Burchell's continue right around under the belly while the Hartmann's has a white belly.
4) The contrast between black and white stripes tends to be far greater in the Hartmann's than in the Burchell's.
Hartmann's zebras are on the U.S. Endangered Species list and may not be imported into the United States. Most of the Hartmann's come from Namibia. Although they are exported from Namibia to most countries they are
prohibited from being imported into the USA for commercial purposes. Hunters may be able to import them as trophies for personal use only. It is illegal, however, to re-sell these trophies. Please do not offer us Hartmann's zebras.