An endangered Cape zebra stallion has been shot dead through the fence of a South African national park, officials report.
The South African National Parks authority says the body of the young stallion was found by rangers during a routine patrol on the morning of August 11 in the Darlington Dam area of the Addo Elephant National Park.
"It appears as if the zebra was shot sometime during the previous night by a person standing on the outside of the Park boundary fence that runs parallel to the R400 road to Somerset East," a spokesman said.
"The stallion was standing no more than 30 metres from the fence when it was shot in the eye. The zebra stumbled a few meters before dying."
Detectives of the Somerset East branch of the South African Police Service (SAPS) investigated the incident and found evidence of vehicle tracks and a man's shoe print.
It appears as if no attempt was made to load the carcass.
The zebra was one of a group of 25 Cape mountain zebras introduced to the northernmost section of the Addo Elephant National Park in May this year.
This particular zebra group was relocated from the Mountain Zebra National Park to inject new genes into the existing small population of mountain zebra in the Darlington Dam area. More....