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The Cape Mountain Zebra

One of the world's largest privately owned herds

Equus zebra zebra, the Cape Mountain Zebra, has a population of just 1200 animals worldwide. This number, though small, is a vast improvement on the 400 animals recorded in 1984. It is considered the largest mammal in South Africa ever to face extinction, a fate that its cousin, the Quagga, succumbed to at the turn of the century.

Bushmans Kloof is the proud owner of one of the world’s largest privately owned herds, and we are wholeheartedly committed to the proliferation of this beautiful animal.

Historically, the Cape Mountain Zebra roamed the fynbos-covered plains of the Cape Fold Belt Mountains, and over the edge of the precipitous Great Escarpment, where its astonishing, fast-growing hooves adapted to rocky terrain.

These terrifically sure-footed creatures survived in three conservation areas, and were subsequently established in a number of other locations including Bushmans Kloof.

A project currently undertaken by the head guide at Bushmans Kloof is to photograph and document each zebra on the property for a ‘studbook’, a valuable tool used to determine the reproductive success of individual zebras. This ‘family tree’ allows us to better understand the conditions needed for the continued success of this wildlife treasure.