Mountain Zebras are two species of horses native to Southern Africa. Cape mountain zebras are the smallest zebra with a height of 120cm at the shoulders and a weight of around 300 kilograms. Their stripes are broader compared to other zebras and continue up to their manes but do not cover their belly. They have long, pointed ears and a dark muzzle. Hartmann's mountain zebra is larger and their stripes are thinner. Their diet consists of grass, bark, roots and fruit.
Mountain Zebras live in small herds consisting of an alpha male and one to five females with their offspring. The young of the Cape Mountain Zebra will leave their mothers herd at one to three years of age or up to three months after the birth of a sibling. They will form bachelor herds or females will join new or existing harem herds. Young of the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra will be forced out of the herd by their mothers after a little over a year.
The Cape Mountain Zebra was close to extinction in the mid-1900s when less than 100 specimen remained. Populations have recovered since; the species remains critically endangered still, mainly surviving thanks to the conversation efforts of the Mountain Zebra National Park. Hartmann's Mountain Zebra are more numerous, being listed as vulnerable. Both species are threatened by hunting and loss of habitat.