Mountain Zebra National Park is a national park in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa proclaimed in July 1937 for the purpose of providing a nature reserve for the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra. In the early 1930s, the Cape Mountain Zebra was threatened with extinction.
The Mountain Zebra has a distinct dewlap and are boldly striped in black or dark brown and no two individuals look exactly alike. The whole body is striped except for the belly. In the Cape mountain zebra the ground colour is effectively white.
Mountain zebras live in hot, dry, rocky, mountainous and hilly habitats. They prefer slopes and plateaus as high as 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) above sea level, although they do migrate lower during winter. Their preferred diet is tufted grass, but in times of shortage they will browse, eating bark, twigs, leaves, buds, fruit, and roots.
They drink every day and when there is no surface water in times of drought, they commonly dig for ground water in dried river beds.
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