In the photo: Burchell's zebra ( Equus quagga) There are three species of zebras: Burchell's zebra , Hartmann's or Mountain zebra and the Cape Mountain zebra - also called Bergkwagga in Afrikaans. This is in line with a subspecies, the quagga , which became extinct in the late 19th century – though there is currently a plan (the Quagga Project ), that aims to breed zebras that are phenotypically similar to the quagga in a process called breeding back . Cape Mountain Zebra ( Equus zebra zebra Hartmann's zebra ( Equus zebra hartmannae ) Burchell's Zebra group Particularly the Burchell's sub specie is plentiful throughout Southern Africa. The unique stripes of zebras make them one of the animals most familiar to people. They occur in a variety of habitats, such as grasslands, savannahs, woodlands, thorny scrublands, mountains and coastal hills.