A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN & SUPPORTED THE RALLY! YOU EARNED YOUR STRIPES!!
Results to be released at The Great Grevy's Ball
September 3rd 2016 at Mount Kenya Safari Club
The Great Grevy's Rally was successfully completed on the 30 and 31 of January 2016. With the support of citizen scientists, conservationists, national and county government, scientists and NGO's, 118 teams, comprising of approximately 500 people drove over 25,000 square km in four counties to census the Grevy's zebra; one of the most endangered mammals on the planet. Using GPS enabled cameras distributed to each team prior to the start of the census, over 40, 000 images were taken in an effort to capture the unique stripes of each Grevy's zebra observed. Out of these, approximately 18,000 images captured the right flank of individual Grevy's zebra. This data, collected by all the participants has been analysed by the IBEIS/ WILDBOOK team at Princeton University. The huge amount of pictures submitted to the Princeton team was much higher than originally anticipated. This meant that new software has had to be developed and trialed to ensure the analysis process run smoothly. But now, the results are in! They are set for release on the 3rd of September at the Great Grevy's Ball at the Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nanyuki. Through the Great Grevy's Ball, we celebrate one of the largest citizen science efforts in Kenya. We also celebrate a spectacular icon and national heritage of Kenya- the Grevy's zebra. Join us in celebrating one of the biggest and most unique partnerships to ever have been undertaken in Kenya.
In the late 1970's there were 15,000 Grevy's zebra. Today less than 2,500 remain in the wild. The Grevy's zebra has suffered one of the most drastic population declines of any African mammal, due to climate change, habitat loss and competition with livestock. The Great Grevy's Rally is a census of the population, which will aid Grevy's Zebra Trust and their conservation partners in safeguarding the future of the Grevy's zebra.
A citizen scientist is a member of the public that contributes to scientific research under the guidance of professional scientists. The Great Grevy's Rally is a unique opportunity for citizen scientists to contribute to the preservation of an endangered species. Be a part of the first ever, national census of Grevy's zebra that is using photography and citizen scientists. All you need is four wheels and a sense of adventure!
The Great Grevy's Ball
The Great Grevy’s Ball is a celebration of the results of our national effort to census one of the planet’s most endangered mammals – the Grevy’s zebra. It is a celebration of the partnerships that have been built through the most major citizen science effort ever undertaken in Kenya. We celebrate an icon of conservation, people and landscape. We celebrate the Grevy’s zebra.In keeping with the iconic Grevy’s zebra, the ‘Black and White’ themed Ball will be held at the Mount Kenya Safari Club (MKSC) Nanyuki 3rd of September 2016.