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James Souchon

Field Guide

James started his guiding career at the world-renowned Phinda Game Reserve, spending four years learning about and showing guests the wonder of the incredibly rich biodiversity that the Maputaland area of South Africa has to offer. Having always wanted to guide in the ...

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on Why Do Zebras Fight?

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Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Wow, James, what an incredible sighting. And your photos are stunning. I have never seen such a long and hard fight as you have just witnessed. Nature is really amazing with these animals fighting for dominance.
By the way, if the intruder had won, would he have killed any of the foals?

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Good to hear from you again James.
Our first encounter with dueling zebras was incredibly loud.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi James, zebras are so charmingly beautiful and strong, agile, they remind wild horses also when fighting. There is a famous migration in Kalahari, very hard for them. Adult members are real heroes when it comes to defend youngsters. So amazing images, all grades of aggressiveness well displayed and more and more violent as the fight becomes more serious. Superb!

Jim Davis
Explorer

good stuff…while my photo trips are to Tanzania, one day I hope to visit L. Keep it up. Jim

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

This gets my pulse rising just thinking about it. I’ve seen wild horses do this in the States, and some of my own domestic horses get into little tizzy fits on occasion, but a full blown battle of zebra stallions would be quite intense. I think people often forget how powerful and vicious they can be when needed. Glad neither was seriously injured.

Tony McCutcheon
Explorer

I have heard in the past that zebras along with hippos and other African herbivores are very hostile.

No wonder in the violent habitat where they live.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Thank you James for this fascinating blog about the Zebra’s and their behaviors.

Gawie Jordaan
Digital Tracker

A great visual blog! James, by what age is seen as mature and kick out to fend for himself or with other males?

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Wow James, incredible sighting, and I must have been a thrilling and emotionally charged experience!!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

James, this is fantastic reporting and imagery of the interaction between two male zebras – one fighting to maintain his dominance over his harem and the other looking for a weak spot to dethrone his nemesis. I’ve never seen this degree of fighting between zebras, and as I viewed each of your images, you provided me with a front row experience. I’ll be looking forward to seeing more blogs and images from you in the near future!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

An exciting sighting, James! Wonderful to see these zebra males “in action,” rather just their rumps as they graze

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

James, It’s so great to see a blog from you and we hope you are doing well. Your images of the battle are amazing and we added one to our favorites! We will see you again in August and can’t wait to return!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Wonderful foto’s James and glad to see the stallion did not loose his tail. Nature is hard and cruel for dominance. But that is nature in raw.

Moira McLachlan
Explorer

What a spectacle that would have been. Great insight into zebra behaviours. Just fascinating. Thanks James

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