Today, there are 3,000 Grevy’s Zebras in their remaining habitats in Northern Kenya. However, not too long ago, Zebras were present in Northern Kenya, parts of Ethiopia, and Somalia. Because 99% of Grevy’s Zebra populations are in non-protected areas, conserving this species is dependent on community activity and participation. Grevy's zebras are easily distinguished from other zebra species as they have narrower stripes, large fuzzy ears, a brown muzzle, a black dorsal stripe and are generally taller.
We support Grevy's Zebra Trust (GTZ) due to their human-centric approach that relies on pastoral communities’ knowledge to address environmental challenges. GZT's Scout Program, which is mostly led by women of the Samburu culture, helps monitor and protect Grevy’s zebras within their national reserves. Their work extends beyond zebra monitoring and into water assessments and modifications, to make water available for zebras during reoccurring droughts by establishing useful corridors. Since water is a huge limiting resource for lactating moms, access to water is prime to protecting zebra populations and promoting foal survival.
Some community-led rangeland restoration projects include the Ngeeti Lempate in the Remote village. Community members volunteer their time and effort to implement erosion control measures to “reclaim their own livelihoods and their wildlife.”
As always, your ongoing support helps Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens provide necessary aid to conservation programs across the globe like GZT.