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Cape Mountain Zebra

Afrikaans name: Kaapse Bergkwagga of 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 and further reading

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 159

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 170

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 70

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 2001 - Page: 170

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 142

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 63

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 76

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 417

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 141

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1996 - Page: 135

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 216

List of South African Mammals

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