email us: richard@zebrahides.com

Zebra Hides

African specialty Zebra hide website

About us

About Us

About the owner Owner of www.zebrahides.com, Richard Stead" was born in Zimbabwe but moved to South Africa at a young age. Did his schooling in a small town in KwaZulu Natal called Pietermnaritzburg and after completing school move the London where he worked and traveled, experiencing what the many countries he traveled to had to offer. After 3 years Richard realized that Africa was in his blood and decided to move back to South Africa.

During his time in the UK he saw a market for African Crafts and he opened up African Crafts Market (www.africancraftsmarket.com) in 2001. At this time the internet was just starting to grow and and had many queries regarding both African Crafts as well as African hides, horns and skulls.

He then added these items to the African Crafts Market inventory and registered with KZN Wildlife her in South Africa so that he is allowed to sell and export all game related products.

zebrahides.com

About the owner With the many queries that Richard had for Zebra hides and having stock on the www.africancraftsmarket.com website. He decided to open up and dedicate a single website to just Zebra hides, zebrahides.com was born and although still a new website, the uniqueness of each and every zebra hide can be seen on this website.

Richard knows that one zebra hide is different in pattern, size and colour shading to the next and wanted to export hides that clients can pick themselves. On this website that is what you get. You pick the exact hide that receive.

Zebra hides

We sell 2 species of Zebra hide, the Hartmann and Burchell Zebra, Being located in Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal, we are surrounded by many game reserves and through partnering with conservation authorities and private game owners we buy wet hides and have them tanned to the South African soft tanned standard.

All Zebra hides on this website have been gathered from legal, controlled culling or hunting practices and through this we inject much needed funds back into communities that use this for their survival.

QUALITY ZEBRA HIDES FROM AFRICA TO THE WORLD


Richard Stead

Owner - Richard Stead

Old Zebra hide

An old Zebra hide from 1975 still being used in a house today

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Quality & grading

    We grade our hides as follows

    AA Grade
  • These are the best hides available on the market and ¬†amount to less than 2% of the hides that we get in. Very rare, They are graded by pattern, size and lack of visible scars are the best of the best
  • A Grade
  • These hides are very high quality hides with few natural scars or any hair loss. These hides are very good hides and make for excellent rugs
  • AB Grade
  • These hides are good quality hides that could be A grade but for some small reason such as size, colour pattern or scaring have been classified as not A grade but very close.
  • B Grade
  • Usually smaller skins or larger skins with some natural blemishes.
  • C Grade
  • Mostly skins that are used for upholstery and are smaller or blemished Zebra skins.

Felted Hides

  • If a Zebra hide does not have felt backing this can be added. Felt backing is an additional cost of $90
  • Fun Fact

  • Why do zebras have stripes at all?
  • Scientists aren't sure, but many theories center on their utility as some form of camouflage.
  • The patterns may make it difficult for predators to identify a single animal from a running herd and distort distance at dawn and dusk.
  • Or they may dissuade insects that recognize only large areas of single-colored fur or act as a kind of natural sunscreen.
  • Because of their uniqueness, stripes may also help zebras recognize one another

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