If you’ve read the current issue of Zoobooks, Wild Horses, then you’ve learned how to identify a Cape mountain zebra next to, say, a Hartmann’s mountain zebra or a Burchell’s zebra. Cape mountain zebras, like Hartmann’s mountain zebras, have broad black stripes all the way down to their hooves. They also have a “gridiron” pattern of parallel stripes on their rumps.

As we know, identifying one type of zebra out of a bunch is like trying to pick apart an optical illusion — not a simple task. So, where do you go if you want to see a Cape mountain zebra without having to examine zebra rumps up close? If you happen to be visiting South Africa, then the Mountain Zebra National Park is one place to start. Established in 1973 in Eastern Cape, this national park is now home to hundreds of Cape mountain zebras. In fact, it’s largely thanks to the Mountain Zebra National Park that Cape mountain zebras are still around; in the early 1900s, this zebra was very close to extinction. With the continued success of national parks around the world, there’s hope that one nearly-extinct species will one day be able to return again to the wild.

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