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 Post subject: Cheetah kills - Mountain Zebra NP
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:36 am 
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This past week was a very fruitfull week for the cheetah at MZNP, the two male cheetah killed a young black wildebeest calf close to the Ubejane 4x4 loop, unfortunately it was not possible to view from the 4x4 loop, so visitors lost out on this one :) . The one female, only 18 months old, killed an adult springbok ram on her own on Saterday. Well done to her. The other female was not found with a kill during the monitoring patrols, but she is also doing well and was sighted on Saterday following a small herd of mountain reedbuck.

Just a week earlier the two male cheetah caught a springbok next to the 4x4 loop, I wonder if any visitor may have seen the kill. Please let me know. The field rangers only discovered the carcass and tracks of the cheetah a day after the kill was made.

I will ask Dianne to upload some pictures of the cheetah at their kill. I dont know how pictures yet :redface: .


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(the SANParks content keeper makes it hard for guru's to post pics...so thanks for still making the effort :D )

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 Post subject: Black Rhinos in MZNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:36 pm 
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Hi,
can anyone tell me how many black rhinos there are in the Mountain Zebra National Park at the moment?
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Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 4:59 pm 
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Hi, Peter
Can't remember where I've read it, but I have it that there are 4 rhinos at the moment. But then I saw a pic with a rhino calf in it and now I'm confused as to whether the calf was born in the park, of taken there with the others.
Will try to contact MZNP and get us the answer!
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Sophia


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Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:45 am 
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Hi SophiaVT and annalie
There are six black rhino in Mountain Zebra National Park. Two of these are calves of about a year and a half old.

What's also interesting is that all six black rhino have been seen together on a few occasions, which puts a bit of a question mark on the widely accepted "fact" that black rhino are mainly solitary (except for mother and calves). Well, it gives everyone some cause to rethink things, anyway!

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: Animals
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:32 am 
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Howzat guys!

Just a few questions for soemone who is not clued up on this park.

1. Were lions historically present in the area? If so then if MZNP were to grow to say 150000Ha would there be a plan in place to introduce them again? Just curious.

2. The area also looks great for Brown Hyena, were they or are they present in the surrounding area or is this not there right place.

Looks like a great park and looking forward to visiting it... will be spending new years eve there!! :thumbs_up:

Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: Animals
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As far as I know brownies are due to be introduced in 2009.

The idea is to grow the park to join up with Camdeboo. Should this mammoth goal one day be achieved I'm sure lion would be a possibility.

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: Animals
Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:21 pm 
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Spent the last weekend of November in MZNP and was extremely impressed. The park is extremely picturesque and so relaxing. We searched for the black rhino's and cheetahs but had not luck. We were also informed that a few days before we arrived they had released three brown hyaenas which was quite exciting. No luck in sighting them though. Although we never saw these species we were never disappointed wrt game viewing and there was always things to see such as blue cranes, bustards, ground squirrels and tons of beautiful springbok!

The park is very underated and I will definitely visit again!

See you soon MZNP!


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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: Animals
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:02 am 
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Bush Andy wrote:
Howzat guys!
1. Were lions historically present in the area? If so then if MZNP were to grow to say 150000Ha would there be a plan in place to introduce them again? Just curious.
2. The area also looks great for Brown Hyena, were they or are they present in the surrounding area or is this not there right place.
Thanks.


1. Yes, lions would have been historically present in the Great Karoo area and yes, they would only be reintroduced if the Park grew considerably. There are (very) long term plans to join Mountain Zebra National Park and Camdeboo National Park to form a 330 000 hectare park and it may be possible then.
2. http://www.sanparks.org/parks/mountain_zebra/news/2008/brown_hyena.php

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: Animals
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:34 pm 
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Hi All

Had my first visit to MZNP in mid July, all I can say is wow, i just love this park. Had just spent 3 nights in Wilderness NP, 3 nights in Titzikama NP and 7 nites in Addo. The 3 nights at MZNP were the Icing on top of the cake. We were caravaning at all these parks and all the facilities were great. The staff at MZNP were really friendly and volunteered a lot of info. At night and early mornings the calling of the Jackals really reminds you where you are.
The roads are excellent and are really well planned to give you a good view of all the different areas of the park. I really liked the link road joining Ubejane loop and Rooiplaat Loop. There are some beautifull views along the drives.

The new visitors map is excellent with the pictures of the 30 top animals to see. In 2 days of driving we managed to tick off 22 of the top 30. Great game viewing. Really helped us identify some of the smaller antelope.

Along the way we saw the biggest troop of baboons I have ever seen. I would estimate way more than 100 on the plateau.

These are the 22 animals we saw :thumbs_up:
Cheetah, Kudu, Gemsbokm Black Wildebeest, Black Rhino, Vervet Monkey, Ground squirrel, Red Hartebeest, Steenbok, Mountain Reedbuck, Grey Rhebok, Blesbok, Cape Mountain Zebra, Rock Daisie, Ostrich, Secretary Bird, Blackbacked Jackal, Ekand, Springbok, Burchell's Zebra, Chacma Baboon, Pale Chanting Goshawk.

Only really missed out on the new Brown Hyena.

Will posts some pics in the next post.

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Mokala 6/1 - 8/1


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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: Animals
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Ok here we go some pics.

These two Black Rhino were spotted on our drive just 2 hrs after we arrived within 1km of the rest camp. Our 1st Blackies during the day :cam:

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Our National Bokkie :mrgreen:

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Blesbok on the plateau

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Black Wildebeest on the plateau

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Late afternoon views on the plateau

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Woah, these are big birds :big_eyes:

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Cute 8)

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On the prowl...

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One of the adult male cheetahs (struggled to get a good pic through the grass)

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Ok, hope you enjoy :cam:

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: Animals
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:54 pm 
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I will be in MZNP in november, unfortunately only for 1 night but hey, better than not at all!

I am looking forward to it, especially for the landscapes. Of course I hope to see the cats or the rhinos but given our short stay I realise I'd have to be extremely lucky. Still, one never knows.

The number of Black rhino still stands at 6?
How many cheetahs are there now? I red somewhere (quite a while ago) about cubs: did they survive?
And is there any news about the brown hyenas?

just curious...

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: Animals
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:08 pm 
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There are now 12 cheetah in the Park, so yes, the two litters of cubs did survive and are now independent of their mothers.

I would rather not give the number of rhino in the Park because of the recent increase in rhino poaching in South Africa. I trust you will understand why rhino numbers are a sensitive subject.

The brown hyena are not seen very often but are doing well and frequent the Kranskop and Saltpeterskop areas.

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: Animals
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:51 am 
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BB, the bicornis rhino are managed as a metapopulation within the region (and in cooperation with Namibia where they also occur) to ensure the genetic health of the populations in the Park. Therefore we will introduce new rhino when they become available and depending on how many rhino can be carried by the Park.

The cheetah that were introduced were two unrelated males and two sisters, which means there is already some genetic variation in the population. We will probably need to translocate some of the cheetah to other parks or reserves in the future as the population grows. We also have a different genetic pool of cheetah in Addo's Kuzuko population, so can transfer between the two populations in the future.

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 Post subject: Re: Mountain Zebra: Animals
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:02 am 
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Anyone with news of where good ereas in MZ is the look for special sightings.
Where is the best change to see Cheetah? Are there any dens of Aardwolf or Cape Fox close to roads?


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