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Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:57 pm 
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I'll keep an eye on this topic. Hope you get a chance someday.

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How is the calf doing? MZG

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 Post subject: Another black rhino calf for Mountain Zebra National Park
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It is with great excitement to announce that a second black rhino calf was born recently in the Mountain Zebra NP. Both of the calves are estimated to be between 3 and 4 months old. Their progress will be monitored. Lucky visitors already sighted the rhino cow with her calf on the Ubejane loop on several occasions.


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This IS great news. Lovely pics.....
Having two calves means more chances to get a glimpse of a rhino :=)
I was in Mountain-Zebra last August but didn't have the luck to see a rhino. There's just one solution......coming back next year despite the long trip to get there!! :lol:


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Cheetah Released in Mountain Zebra National Park - The newsrelease on the frontpage of the site, with great photos!

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 Post subject: Two healthy rhino calves at MZNP.
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The recently born black rhino calves in Mountain Zebra National Park were observed with their mothers after the cold spell we experienced a week ago. They are all doing well, and their condition is excellent. They were joined by the the bull that farthered them as well as the other resident bull. This was an unusual sighting to see all six rhino together in one place. We were able to sex the two calves and are glad to announce that it they are two females. We will keep on monitoring the rhino and will keep you updated their progress.


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 Post subject: Cheetah's released ...
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Article in the EP Herald 30 May 2007

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Two cheetahs have been released in the Mountain Zebra National Park near Cradock, becoming the first free-ranging big predators in the area in more than a century.

The two 16-month-old females were acquired from Samara Game Reserve near Graaff-Reinet three months ago and have been acclimatising in a boma since then. They were fed with carcasses through this period, but as wild-caught cats their hunting instincts would have remained as strong as ever, said Mountain Zebra section ranger Johan de Klerk.

Both animals are fitted with radio collars. De Klerk and his team will be monitoring them carefully to see how they progress in targeting the park‘s antelope.

The dream of expanding the park and restoring this balance started a decade ago with the sale of two paintings by famous British artist David Shepherd.

More than R1-million was raised and the funds were passed on to SANParks, which added them to further sponsorship from Vesta Medicines, Sasol, WildAid and the Barbara Delano Foundation.

SANParks matched the total and the net funds were used to buy nine farms, expanding the park to 28 412ha.


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Those who are following this story will be pleased to know that the rangers tracked the two female cheetahs yesterday and found them together and "in hunting mode" which is a very good sign.

I was privileged enough to be at the release and it was fantastic to see the two cats walk out of the boma (after a lot of hesitation, of course) and into the wild!
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Seems to me things are hotting up in Mountain Zebra and we will have to look into visiting it again. Had a great first visit during Easter weekend 2006, albeit busy with people and very cold.

You can read about our visit here

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Jip, all you park lovers!!! :dance:

Things are hotting up in MZNP... The Honorary Rangers had their AGM last weekend and there are quite a few things up our sleeves.

Please give all your support to our projects as we are but a small region with only a few members (up to now only 3). We are five HR's and 3 more applicants to be appointed soon, as well as 2 Jnr Trainees.

I'll keep you all posted.

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 Post subject: MZNP: Cheetahs
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In reply to an earlier question: No, unfortunately the bomas in which the cheetahs are kept for their time of adaptation cannot be viewed from the public accessible roads due to understandable reasons.

I had the privilege though to be allowed by park management as part of HR activities in the park to view the cheetahs while in the boma. Pics of the two males, still in the boma - named Batman and Robin - attached:

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 Post subject: Predators in MZNP
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In a previous post in another thread, I answered a question from Wildman with the following:
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Caracal (Rooikat) - the largest confirmed predator at present as the leopard is not a confirmed species, but most probably there.


With the re-introduction of cheetah in the park, the cheetah will now replace the caracal (rooikat) as the largest confirmed predator in the park.

Leopard is not confirmed as far as I know, as the sightings by tourists could not be confirmed by staff members. Though as stated before there is a probability of the species being in the park.

The release of the cheetah brings a new challenge for visitors to the park - who will be the first visitor(s) to see (and perhaps photograph) the free roaming cheetah? :cam:

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The Cape mountain leopard is probably very widspread in mountainous area where the human footprint is very light or non existant, if the studies in the Cedarberg are anything to go by.
The ranger there told me that although seldom seen, they are curious and spot humans far more that the reverse. Being smaller, although not a separate subspecies, they do not prey on man.
On that premise, I would say it is very likely that you have leopards in your park.

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