Endangered zebra poached in Addo Elephant National Park
A Cape mountain zebra, an endangered species, has been shot by a poacher in the Darlington Dam area of the Addo Elephant National Park.
The zebra carcass, that of a young stallion, was found by rangers during a routine patrol on the morning of 11 August.
It appears as if the zebra was shot sometime during the previous night by a person standing on the outside of the Park boundary fence that runs parallel to the R400 road to Somerset East. The stallion was standing no more than 30 metres from the fence when it was shot in the eye. The zebra stumbled a few meters before dying.
Detectives of the Somerset East branch of the South African Police Service (SAPS) investigated the incident and found evidence of vehicle tracks and a man.s shoe print. It appears as if no attempt was made to load the carcass.
The young stallion was one of a group of 25 Cape mountain zebra which had been introduced to the northernmost section of the Addo Elephant National Park in May this year. This particular zebra group was translocated from the Mountain Zebra National Park to inject new genes into the existing small population of mountain zebra in the Darlington Dam area.
South African National Parks (SANParks) is particularly concerned about the incident as the Cape mountain zebra is an endangered species and so in need of special conservation interventions. The loss of a stallion affects the breeding dynamics of the zebra herd.
SANParks appeals to anyone who has any information on the incident to please contact Captain van der Merwe of the Somerset East SAPS on 042 2431100.
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South African National Parks
Megan Tapling, Regional Communications Manager,
Addo Elephant * Camdeboo * Karoo * Mountain Zebra National Parks,
Tel: 083 650 8649 or 042 2338609