The Cape mountain zebra once roamed abundantly through the Western and Eastern Cape of South Africa. However, at the start of the 20th century, the Cape mountain zebra was close to extinction due to hunting and loss of habitat. In the past few years there has been an increase in population numbers, however this species of zebra is currently listed as vulnerable.
A lack of genetic diversity further threatens the long-term survival of this zebra.
The Cape mountain zebra has suffered massive declines over the past century as a result of excessive hunting for its skin and loss of habitat to agriculture. It is estimated that during the 1930’s there were less than 100 cape mountain zebras in wild spaces.
Recent conservation efforts have greatly improved the zebras’ chances of survival. However certain challenges still remain, including the genetic diversity of populations as well as the long gestation period and complex breeding habits of this species.
We need your support to create a future for nature and people
Make a symbolic adoption of a Cape mountain zebra today to show your love and support for our wildlife and wild spaces in South Africa.
What is WWF doing?
WWF has been helping to expand the breeding range of a special group of Cape mountain zebras around Gamkaberg Nature Reserve in the Western Cape. In 2014, WWF South Africa acquired 845 hectares of land to expand the reserve, doubling the Succulent Karoo habitat favoured by the remaining Cape mountain zebras of this area. These efforts were further advanced with the more recent acquisition of Zebraskop (some 4 500 ha of important zebra habitat) which is owned by WWF but managed by CapeNature.
How does the symbolic adoption work?
First of all: thank you. You’re choosing something different. This is a special gift because it will help protect the beautiful and sometimes fragile environments that surrounds us – for both people and nature.
This is a perfect gift for animal lovers, environmentalists or simply people with a big heart.
What you get
A digital symbolic adoption certificate.
A beautiful digital photograph.
An optional soft toy to love forever. *Toy may vary from image shown.
We'll keep you updated on how you're supporting our vital work including sending you adoption updates two to three times a year.
Did you know?
Just like your finger prints are unique to you, no two zebras have the same stripe patterns.
The Cape mountain zebra is the smallest of the zebra species.
Their striped pattern also provides camouflage in the mountainous regions where they roam.
They can weigh up to 260kg.