Mountain Zebra National Park

Mountain Zebra National Park - Southern Africa : Mountain Zebra National Park was proclaimed in 1937 for managing the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra. In the early 1930s, when the Cape Mountain Zebra was recognized as threatened with extinction, the National Parks obtained 17 km2 for its conservation.

Mountain Zebra National Park was proclaimed in 1937 for managing the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra.

In the early 1930s, when the Cape Mountain Zebra was recognized as threatened with extinction, the National Parks obtained 17 km2 for its conservation. At the time there were only five stallions and one mare.
By 1950 two stallions survived, and a neighbour, Mr H L Lombard, rescued the herd by by donating eleven zebra.
By 1964, the population comprised 25 zebra in the park, the park was increased to 65 km2, and Mr Paul Michau donated six zebra to the park.
From then on, the population increased to 140 zebras in the 1970s, and zebras were relocated to De Hoop Nature Reserve.
In 2010 there were about 350 zebras, allowing about 20 animals per year to be relocated. The reserve is now about 284 km2.

Cheetah (2007), Buffalo, Black Rhino, Brown Hyaena (2008) and Lion (2013) were introduced into the park more recently

There are 3 major veld types in the park: Karoo Escarpment Grassland (50%), Eastern Upper Karoo (40%), and Eastern Cape Escarpment Thicket (10%), containing about 680 plant species.

Karoo Escarpment Grassland is dominated by the grass Merxmuellera disticha, with shrubs Euryops annuus, and Elytropappus rhinocerotis, with frequent fires.
Eastern Upper Karoo is a mix of grasses Aristida spp., Eragrostis spp. and Themeda triandra and shrubs Pentzia incana and Eriocephalus ericoides, depending on slope and aspect.

31 Jul 2015
Tony Rebelo