Cape Mountain Zebra
The Cape mountain zebra, Equus zebra zebra, is a subspecies of the mountain zebra, named for the Cape Province of South Africa and found in the Western Cape and eastern Cape areas. They mainly eat grass but if little food is left they will eat bushes.
Its broad black stripes are closely spaced on a pure white body. Overall it is stockier than the Hartmann’s subspecies, has longer ears, and has a larger dewlap.
Mountain zebras associate in small groups. Two types of groups can be distinguished, namely family groups and bachelor groups. A family group consists of a mature stallion and between one and five mares (usually two or three) and their offspring. Those stallions that cannot obtain mares associate in loose bachelor groups. The members of a family group normally stay together for many years. One stallion in the Mountain Zebra National Park, born in 1959, established himself as a herd stallion in 1965 and was still with the same mares fifteen years later.
The Cape mountain zebra formerly inhabited all the mountain ranges of the southern Cape Province of South Africa. By 1922, however, only 400 were believed to survive. To counteract the continued decline, Mountain Zebra National Park was established in 1937on acacia veld near Cradock, South Africa, but its small population of Cape mountain zebra became extinct in 1950. That same year reintroductions from nearby remnant populations began.
Eleven animals were donated from a nearby farm in 1950, and in 1964 another small herd was added. By the late 1960s, the total Cape mountain population was only 140 but grew to 200 by 1979, with 75 percent of the animals in Mountain Zebra National Park. In 1984, the population was back to 400 head. Since then a few zebras have been reintroduced to the Cape Point Section of Table Mountain National Park.
There are currently 5 cape Mountain Zebra at Cape Point, two males and three females, one of which is still young. One of the males does not live with the family, and instead hangs out with the Bontebok. He has had a couple of nasty injuries which I gather he got from the other male, one of which resulted in bad damage to his tail, necessitating amputation.
Friends pick us up when we fall down, and if they can’t pick us up, they lie down and listen for a while. ♥
And on the lunchtime menu for today we have bubbly, accompanied by cheese and onion crisp sandwiches.
Classy joint, this.
I’m getting some beautiful birds in the garden at the moment. Here are a few of them.
A friend of mine kindly sent me a very detailed horoscope for April. Not something I would normally read, but very interesting. One of the points it made is that I could have quite a falling out with His Lordship on the 15th. So I thought I would check his horoscope out and, believe it or not, his says the same thing ! We have therefore decided, in honour of this occasion, to go and stay somewhere nice for the night, and I am going to start researching reasons to fall out from tomorrow. If we are bound by the stars to do it, by god we’re going to make sure we do it well ! Point number one on my list so far is that it must involve vast quantities of bubbly. This could be fun…
Listening to BBC Radio 2 on the internet, the traffic reports are an endless reading of roads closed, diversions, roadworks, accidents and slow traffic tailing for miles. As I type, there is one queue that is currently stretching for 20kms, and getting longer. Seems to me that the English spend a lot of their time sitting in their cars being frustrated, when there are so many better things they could be doing with their time. I don’t know how they cope. Two to three hours a day is nothing out of the ordinary. That is a possible 21 hours a week… nearly a day. I think I would lose it, and would be the cause of one of the tailbacks on the traffic report, as the police tried to pry the lacrosse stick from the gibbering wreck that was once me.
We do have traffic jams where I live, they’re just a little bit different…
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."
I leave you with a picture from my walk this afternoon, and wish you all a peaceful night and sweet dreams.
Don’t you think it is wonderful that the clouds came with me ?
It was an incredible afternoon at Cape Point yesterday ~ we had a nice two hour hike up Kanonkop.
Then we caught a glimpse of the Zebra heading toward Buffels.
When we got to the back of the beach, we came across the “very shy elusive Eland, that visitors will be lucky to see.” Eleven of them, hanging out with some Bontebok.
And a few Ostrich !
What we hadn’t noticed, behind us, and I mean right behind us, was this…
Four of them. There was even time for a dustbath.
We eventually left them to head off.
The weather had been very wild and woolly, although warm, so there were not many about at all.
We still had nearly an hour until the park closed, so we headed down to Olifantsbos to see what was occurring in that neighbourhood. I said to His Lordship that all we needed now was a herd of Red Hartebeest to appear, and that was it ~ we may as well not bother coming back.
So it’s all over ! Or not quite, says His Lordship, who was most distressed that the one time I actually stand in the line of fire, he can’t find any gunpowder or matches…