Why is the mountain zebra endangered?


Why is the mountain zebra endangered?

Habitat Loss Conversion of much of the mountain zebra’s habitat for agricultural production contributes heavily to the animal’s endangered status. Farmers often fence their land, which keeps zebras from grazing and prohibits their access to water sources.

Are zebras going extinct?

Not extinct
Plains zebra/Extinction status

What is the population of mountain zebra?

According to the IUCN Red List, the total population of Mountain zebras estimates around 9,000 mature individuals. The current total population size of the Cape mountain zebra subspecies is 1,500 individuals (500 mature individuals).

Is a mountain zebra extinct endangered or threatened?

Mountain zebra/Conservation status
Although once classified as Endangered, the subspecies is currently listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List under criteria D1: its population being very small and restricted to fewer than 997 mature individuals.

How fast can a mountain zebra run?

They have excellent hearing and eyesight and can run at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour (56 kilometers per hour). They also have a powerful kick that can cause serious injury to a predator, like a lion, a hyena, or an African wild dog.

What does mountain zebra eat?


Average Lifespan: 20 or more years. The oldest documented mountain zebra in captivity was 29 years old.
Wild Diet: Zebras primarily eat grass but will also browse on leaves and shrubs.
Zoo Diet: Grain pellets and grass hay.
Predators: Lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas and hunting dogs.

Is the Cape mountain zebra still an endangered species?

The Cape mountain zebra was hunted to near extinction, with less than 100 individuals by the 1930s. The population has since increased to about 700 due to conservation efforts. Both mountain zebra subspecies are currently protected in national parks, but are still endangered. The Grévy’s zebra is also endangered.

What is the status of the mountain zebra?

The Mountain Zebra are listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ on the Red List of Threatened Species, prepared by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), a non-governmental organization that compiles global information on endangered species. The Mountain Zebra has come perilously close to extinction in the 20th century.

Where can you find zebras in South Africa?

Historically, the Cape mountain zebra occurred throughout the montane regions of the Cape Province of South Africa. Today they are confined to several mountain reserves and national parks: mainly the Mountain Zebra National Park, but also the Gamka Mountain Reserve and Karoo National Park, amongst many others.

When did the Quagga zebra become extinct in South Africa?

The quagga (/ˈkwɑːxɑː/ or /ˈkwæɡə/) (Equus quagga quagga) was a plains zebra that lived in South Africa until becoming extinct late in the 19th century.

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