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Mountain Zebra National Park

Mountain Zebra - Camdeboo Corridor Project

"Protecting Land Together"

Overview

The Mountain Zebra - Camdeboo Corridor Project is a joint partnership between SANParks and the Wilderness Foundation with funding from the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund. The aim of the project is to improve the status of protection of biodiversity in valuable grasslands between the Mountain Zebra and Camdeboo National Parks. The project aspires to consolidate and expand the protected area estate by means of voluntary agreements with private landowners.

Project Objectives

  • This project footprint covers a large tract of land that has a high biodiversity value.
  • This footprint includes four (4) biomes and six (6) major vegetation types. This vegetation supports a unique combination of southern grassland species and is a globally-important birding area.
  • This area is identified as one of the top three (3) priorities for grassland conservation.

Why should we conserve this area?

  • To secure a large portion of unique and valuable vegetation types under some form of protection and thereby also protect the unique species dependant on these ecosystems.
  • To secure land from detrimental development and land use activities
  • To increase the eco-tourism potential of the area.

Current landowners will benefit in terms of protecting the environment as well as contribute towards the conservation of threatened wildlife species such as Cape mountain zebra, black wildebeest, cheetah and black rhino. Protection will also contribute to safeguarding the recently-identified Sneeuberg Centre of Endemism, part of the Amathole-Sneeuberg Montane Belt.

The first phase of the corridor project will run from 2012 until February 2014. Camdeboo National park surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet, covering 19 405 hectares while the 28 412-hectare Mountain Zebra National Park is located near Cradock.

Map - Project Footprint

Camdeboo - Mountain Zebra Corridor Project Footprint

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