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Hartman's Zebra - 1st TN Posting?

Hartman's Zebra - 1st TN Posting?
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Namibia
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos, Great Workshops [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-27 9:09
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Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think this is the first posting of this zebra species on TN. We spent an afternoon looking for them in the desert around Bloedkoppie and saw three herds - all highly mobile.

I am posting this picture because you can see quite easily the difference to other species - the dewlap (flap of skin - seen as a bulge) on the throat (the one of the far left shows this very well) and the change of stripe direction over the rump, to a zipper or grid pattern.

Hartmann's mountain zebras are the largest of the mountain zebras. They look whiter than the Cape mountain zebras because their black stripes are narrower and more widely spaced.

There are two kinds of mountain zebra. They are the Hartman's mountain zebra and the Cape mountain zebra. Taxonomists placed them in the subspecies group because the original mountain zebras may have changed morphologically through geographic isolation. The Hartman's mountain zebra is an endangered wild equid living in a harsh yet fragile environment. This subspecies is differentiated from it's close relative, the Cape mountain zebra because of it's body size, ears and stripes. This Mountain Zebra is named after Dr. George Hartmann, 4-8-1865 to + 1945. Hartmann was a geographer, explorer, colonial politician and Major of the German land resistance. Hartmann is said to have named this zebra after his wife whose maiden name was Anna Woermann daughter of a ship-owner in Hamburg Germany.

Hartmann's zebras have broad black stripes with an off-white, creamy color between them. The black stripes on the animals' sides do not meet on the belly. The leg stripes extend horizontally, all the way down to the top of the hooves. These leg stripes can be thin and wrap around the entire leg. The stripe that covers the spine and top portion of the tail is said to be "zipper-like" in appearance. The most characteristic and interesting feature of both mountain zebra subspecies is a square flap of skin on the throat just below the head. This flap of skin, or dewlap, is larger on the males.

The average adult height at the shoulder is 120 - 130 cm or 4 - 4.3 ft. and the tail length is 50 cm or 20 in. The body length is 220 cm or 7.3 ft. The weight is 260 - 370 kg or 572 - 814 lb. There is no significant size difference between the sexes except the stallions are usually heavier.

Hartmann's mountain zebras live in family groups that are made up of mares, foals and a dominant stallion. The normal size of a family group is 5 to 10 zebras. Stallions must fight for a dominant position in a family group. The winning stallion passes on his physical abilities for fighting to his foals. In this way zebras maintain the best physical shape for survival. After two years a male foal leaves his family group to form a bachelor group with other males. The males challenge stallions to get their own group or start new ones if enough mares are available from oversized family groups.

Some authorities have observed that Hartmann's mountain zebras orient their bodies with the sun during the day. Hartmann's mountain zebras will climb eastward facing slopes to absorb the sun's morning warmth. As the day progresses they find shade. In Africa's Namib desert Hartmann's mountain zebras have been observed to sniff out water on the surface of dry river beds. They paw at the ground with their hooves to get to water that is sometimes three feet below the surface. By doing so these zebra's benefit other desert dwelling animals. It has also been mentioned that Hartmann's mountain zebras can go without water for four days.

Hartmann's mountain zebras are diurnal. Most activity is during the coolest hours which is the morning and late afternoon. More than half of their day is spent eating and looking for food. They take dust baths once or twice a day.They are also excellent climbers and more sure-footed compared to zebras that live on the flat plains. Family groups are often found grazing with other animals.

362 Hartmann's mountain zebra can be found within 47 zoos worldwide.

25,000 are known to exist in the wilds of Nambia.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-27 10:25]

Hello James,
Great capture, fantastic colors and contrast, excellent sharpness and depth of field, good composition and nice presentation.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-27 11:03]
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Hi James, great notes and a superb group shot of these Zebras. What a setting too! Any idea of there's a reason for the flap of skin on the throat? Well done, lovely shot.

Hi James
Not only a great, interesting subject but also great photo. I like grassy foreground (but I am wondering how it looks like croped a little bit from the bottom) and beautiful big group of zebras. Also nice background - 3 dimensional effect.

What's not to like about a zebra? They have long been a favorite though I know little about species and whether or not this one has been posted on TN before. I just enjoy them visually... even painted a couple of them once. This is a nice grouping. I like the two looking at you. I posted an alternate crop although I realize that you intentionally wanted to include more of the habitat. I just wanted to stress the zebras a bit more????? ...just an idea

Evelynn : )

A fine group captured expertly in the midst of a prarie-like desert biotope James, the beautiful patterns of the zebras are perfectly depicted in this sharp image. TFS this my friend.

Hi James,
Very capture of these Hartmann's Zebras in their natural habitat. Great POV and composition, sharp details, good head positions, nice BG.

Hello James,
They are definitely different compared to 'my' Burchell's zebra due to their dewlap and their striped pyjamas.
25000 in Namibia...I don't know whether there are a lot of predators in Bloedkoppie.
Well done. I think it's the first TN posting...

Good Night my Big Bro James,
A splendid shot of these beutiful Hartman's Zebras in a fine composition. Some of them I think they noticed you and give a lovely posture:) lovely indeed. TFS and have a nice new day!
Best wishes and cheers,


Hello James,
sorry for my silence. Since I was in field trip, I missed your last several posts.
but today we have a common point on new species for TN. This is wonderful capture for Hartman's Zebras, with great focus, lighting, POV and composition. I dont meet them previously in this web-site. Thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes

Hello James,
A nice capture of these zebras... Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing... Leyla

Hello James

A beautiful capture of these rare zebras.
The markings are well seen.
Wonderful focus and sharpness.The colours are well saturated .
A nicely composed image.
I wish I were there.


Hello James, wonderful shot of these beautifull zebras.
TFS and regards,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-28 2:12]

Hello james, Well done on your first posting. Sharp picture and well composed. Ganesh

I wanted to come up with some witty line about a zebra changing its stripes but couldn't think of anything.
Very cool that this is a new species for our site. Isn't the collection here exciting!
Wonderful shot in the natural setting. I like the way the photo depicts the distinguishing characteristics that you address in your notes. Wonderful!

All it takes is a little planning and patience.
Be original! Develop your own style and unique vision. Any competent photographer can duplicate others' work. Truly great photographers produce unique images. Avoid cliche photography. Go for non-standard viewpoints, say from ground-level rather than eye-level. Imagine the world as seen from an animal's viewpoint rather than a human's!
You nailed this one. The detail is wonderful. Super exposure on the whites too...

A delightful treat...and certainly not hard to see both them and the difference you point out....although this one is quite different, they do fall into the area of animal which draws most attention..these along with the male Lion, giraffe and any monkey:-) But in this image you have them in a field of soft golden grasses which pulls them right out well..Very nice and superior notes..do you ever take an notepad or digital recording device on your treks?

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-28 8:56]

Hi James.
What a great three-dimensional image of a nice zebra group. I like transparency of the image, fine natural colours, amassing DOF and details/blurriness of the scene and brilliant sharp image of the animals. Superb deductive work. Bravo.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-28 15:51]

Hello James,
Incedible image of this fine looking herd of Zebras. The composition and clarity of the image is fantastic, thank you.

hello James

in the last days i was absent fron TN and i had missed
your great images of African Wild anaimals,
i have choosed this one and another one to critique,

i'll start with this one, another of your great shots
that it can anytime do the National Geographic cover,
fine POV and DOF, i love that the Zebra's are centered
on the image, beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness
and details, and great eye-contact of 4 of them with you,
i also love that they are a little from far on the image
like this we can see and admire their environment, TFS


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-30 4:22]

Hi James,
congrats on posting the first of this species! It's amazing how such a large and significant animal has never been posted on TN before!
Very good contrast and light.
Excellent composition.
Great DOF.

Well done,

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