MOUNTAIN ZEBRAS IN THE MOUNTAIN ZEBRA NATIONAL PARK

They are not always easy to see, yet a visit to the Mountain Zebra National Park would not be complete unless one saw the eponymous Mountain Zebras that the park was originally set aside to protect. Close-up photographs of them abound, so I thought I would begin by showing the steep terrain they feel quite at home in:

Life for these animals is not necessarily idyllic. This one has obviously emerged from a skirmish of sorts – perhaps even with another zebra – as its hide bears scars; there is an open wound on its neck; and it has a floppy ear:

Compare this ear with the erect ears of this mother with her fuzzy-looking foal:

The mother is eating grass – she too has scratch marks on her hindquarters:

A more typical scene in which you can see the pinkish nose of the Mountain Zebra:

As we bid this herd of Mountain Zebras farewell, you can see the broad stripes on their behinds:

12 thoughts on “MOUNTAIN ZEBRAS IN THE MOUNTAIN ZEBRA NATIONAL PARK

    • How true. I spent today in Addo – it is even drier there than on my first visit. I cannot help wondering how the animals survive on what little vegetation is left.

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      • I’m looking forward to reading all about your latest Addo trip, Anne.
        It really is amazing how the wild animals cope with the reduced quantity and quality of the fodder during the dry season, but with the Eastern Cape’s prolonged drought spanning several years they must be finding it very hard to sustain themselves.

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