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Mountain Zebra National Park

Mammals

The highlight of the park's mammalian fauna is the over 700 Cape mountain zebra after which the park is named. The Park was originally proclaimed to save this species from extinction, with a small founder herd of only 6 zebra. Mountain zebra can be seen throughout the park in small herds.

Buffalo can be spotted in areas with Acacia thicket and on the wooded valleys of the park. Antelope species include black wildebeest, red hartebeest, eland, blesbok, kudu and springbok. Mountain reedbuck and grey rhebuck prefer the high mountain slopes along the Kranskop loop.

Cheetah were reintroduced in 2007, becoming the first large predators in the Park. Brown hyena were introduced in 2008 but these secretive scavengers are seldom seen, except on camera traps and occasionally night drives. In April 2013, lions were introduced. Read the article about Lion released in Mountain Zebra National Park

Chacma baboons and vervet monkeys make up the Park's primate component. Elusive species that you may be fortunate to see include aardwolf, bat-eared fox and caracal.

Nocturnal species which can be spotted on guided night drives include black-footed cat, aardvark, porcupine, genets and polecats.

Species List

Download the latest Mountain Zebra National Park mammal checklist


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