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:

CAPE MOUNTAIN ZEBRA

Burchell’s Zebra is the one most commonly seen in South African game reserves.

The Cape Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra zebra) is the smallest of the zebra species.

They differ from the Burchell’s Zebra in that they have broad stripes over their rumps and the horizontal stripes on their legs extend right down to the hooves.

Look at them closely and you will observe that their hind quarters are covered with broad black stripes, and a gridiron pattern of narrow, transverse dark markings above their tail.

What is particularly noticeable is that they have white bellies which are devoid of any stripes. They also sport distinctive dewlaps.

Another distinctive feature of the Cape Mountain Zebra is its pinky-brown muzzle.