Also known as the mountain zebra or Cape zebra, the South African zebra is distributed in the mountains and highlands (at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level) in South Africa.

These horses are herbivores only and occasionally bushes, so they can survive in desert and semi-desert conditions. Due to its distribution in high mountains, zebras South Africa can climb, climb quite well. Especially the opposite is that they are very clumsy in downhill and tolerant to snow (climatic conditions commonly found in the high mountains of South Africa).

Cape Mountain zebras are slightly different from the Hartmann zebra subspecies in that they have longer ears and no larger frills. In its body structure is the smallest subspecies of zebras. Stripe it is black and is close together on a white background. These stripes are very wide on the upper hind legs, but narrow towards the front body and head. The stripe continues to spread all the way down to the hooves, but stops on the wings, and is white on the abdomen. They have a more pronounced black muzzle than the Hartmann zebra subspecies, which are paler in color. They are 116–128 cm high and weigh 230–260 kg.

They are found on mountain slopes, meadows, forests and areas with a sufficient amount of flora, but their preferred habitat is hilly terrain, especially steep cliffs with a diversity of grass species, so they were classified as mountain zebras. Mountain zebras live in hot, dry, rocky, and hilly habitats. They prefer mountain slopes and plateaus as high as 1,000 meters (3,300 ft) above sea level, although they move lower during winter. Their favorite diet is grasses, but during times of lack of food they will pluck the leaves, eat the bark, branches, leaves, buds, fruits and roots. They drink water every day. When there is no water surface due to drought, they often rake the soil to dig into small holes to get groundwater in dry riverbeds.