People have dreamed about the establishment of a new conservation area in the Cederberg that could offer valuable and much needed habitat for the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra. This has now become a reality with the signing of a memorandum of understanding and a constitution by six landowners (including CapeNature) to establish the Rooi Cederberg Karoo Park. The current zebra population of 34 individuals from Mooiberg will be the core population that will, once the fences are dropped between the properties, be free to roam this 60 000 hectare park
– Eben Human, Die Beeld, 24th August 2010.
The conservation vision of these landowners will indeed supply much needed habitat for the Cape Mountain Zebra. Very importantly though it will significantly contribute to the conservation of valuable biodiversity, cultural and historical assets within the Cederberg and within two of the global Biodiversity Hotspots. Large areas such as this that significantly contribute to national conservation targets are exceptionally important in retaining connectivity between different ecosystems, ensuring the perpetuation of ecosystem function and retaining the wilderness nature of the area.