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SA’s Cape Mountain Zebra escapes extinction

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South Africa’s Cape Mountain Zebra is no longer threatened with extinction. A proposal to transfer this subspecies from an Appendix I to an Appendix II listing has been adopted at the CITES conference in Johannesburg.

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says the Cape Mountain Zebra is endemic to South Africa and “no longer meets the biological criteria for an Appendix I listing.”

She says South Africa’s conservation of this subspecies has been extraordinary, from less than 100 individual animals in the 1990’s to well over 5 000 in 2016.

The animal roams freely in the Mountain Zebra National Park and the Karoo National Park.

[Source: SABC]
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