Vintage Taxidermy Zebra Skin Rug with Felt Backing, circa 1970

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A lovely taxidermy Burchell's Zebra skin rug, circa 1970.

The zebra (Equus quagga burchelli), has a flat head, preserved on a black baize backing.

Please note: as there are approximately 240,000 Burchill's Zebra in the wild, this species is not on the endangered list and does not require a CITES permit for export.

The stripes are truly breathtaking and it add an exotic touch that will enhance any room in which it is placed.

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 2 x width 262 x depth 158

Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 inch x width 8 feet, 7 inches x depth 5 feet, 2 inches

Zebra Skin Rug-Equus Burchelli felt backing" The plains zebra (Equus quagga, formerly Equus burchellii), also known as the common zebra or Burchell's zebra, or locally as the "quagga" (not to be confused with the extinct subspecies), is the most common and geographically widespread species of zebra. It ranges from the south of Ethiopia through East Africa to as far south as Botswana and eastern South Africa. The plains zebra remains common in game reserves.

Subspecies include the extinct quagga and six recognised extant subspecies, though there is great variation in coat patterns between individuals. The striping pattern is unique among ungulates in the region, and its functions are disputed. Suggested functions include crypsis, forms of motion camouflage, social signaling and recognition, and discouraging biting flies.

The plains zebra's range is fragmented, but spans much of southern and eastern Africa south of the Sahara. Its habitat is generally but not exclusively treeless grasslands and savanna woodlands, both tropical and temperate. They generally avoid desert, dense rainforest and permanent wetlands, and rarely stray more than 30 kilometres from a water source. Predators of the zebra include lions, spotted hyenas, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs.

The plains zebra is a highly social species, forming harems with a single stallion, several mares and their recent offspring; there are also bachelor groups. Groups may come together to form herds. The animals keep watch for predators rather than attempting to hide; they bark or snort when they see a predator, and the harem stallion attacks predators to defend his harem. The species population is stable and not endangered, though some populations such as in Tanzania have declined sharply.

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  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1970
  • Period
    Materials and Techniques
    Animal Skin
  • Condition
    8 ft. 7.1 in. W x 5 ft. 2.2 in. L
    262 cm W x 158 cm L
  • Seller Location
    London, United Kingdom
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