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Cape Mountain Zebra

Afrikaans name: Kaapse Bergkwagga or Kaapse Bergsebra

Cape Mountain Zebra

Cape Mountain Zebra

Photo © Johan van Zyl

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Interesting facts about Mountain Zebras

In the 1930's the Cape Mountain Zebra faced extinction. Since 1937 efforts have been made to build up the population but there are still only a few hundred of these animals in existence.

The Cape Mountain Zebra is smaller than the common Burchell's Zebra. Their stripes are quite different as well. They don't have 'shadow' stripes and the stripes do not extend onto the underparts of the zebra.

As its name suggests this mammal is found in higher areas in the Western and Eastern Cape. The Mountain Zebra National Park, near Cradock, was established specifically to help conserve them.

Cape Mountain Zebras live in small herds led by a stallion. Surplus males form bachelor herds. Their main food is grass.

Cape Mountain Zebra

Above - Cape Mountain Zebra

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Mother and foal

Above - Mother and foal

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Cape Mountain Zebra herd

Above - Herd of Cape Mountain Zebras

Photo © Johan van Zyl

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References

List of South African Mammals

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