Grevy's Zebra Trust partners with communities across northern Kenya to monitor and conserve Grevy's zebra and their fragile environment.
The Grevy's Zebra Trust (GZT) was established in January 2007 to address the urgent need to conserve Grevy's zebra (Equus grevyi) in the community rangelands of Kenya. We incorporate human and wildlife interests in all our activities. GZT employs local people in three regions where programs are tailored to address the unique conservation context. The Grevy's Zebra Ambassadors, Scouts and Warriors conduct daily foot patrols to monitor their local Grevy's zebra populations. GZT promotes sustainable solutions for conservation of Grevy’s zebra by addressing the most serious threats affecting their populations and is actively monitoring the status of Grevy’s zebra and using the results to inform local resource management with communities.
The Grevy's Zebra Ambassadors (left), Scouts (middle) and Warriors (right) are employed in El Barta, Wamba and Laisamis respectively to monitor and raise awareness about Grevy's zebra and the conservation issues they face. The Grevy's zebra populations in El Barta have been decimated due to the hunting for their skin. The Grevy's Zebra Ambassadors were trained in security and surveillance operations by the Kenya Wildlife Service in order to discourage poaching and engage the community while simultaneously monitoring the Grevy's zebra. The Grevy's Zebra Scouts was established in 2003 with support from Princeton University and Saint Louis Zoo. The long-term program has engendered improved conservation attitudes towards Grevy's zebra in the region. The Scout program aims to employ women in order to provide benefits that may trickle through their family; many of the current Scouts are widows or single mothers and this employment provides an opportunity to support their family. The Grevy's Zebra Warriors is a group of 10 Samburu Warriors who monitor one of the least protected populations of Grevy's zebra. The Warriors within Samburu culture are the people that herd the livestock and come into the most contact with wildlife; therefore the Grevy's Zebra Warriors play a crucial role in raising awareness amongst their community Warriors and promoting protection of the species.
Grevy's zebra are significantly threatened by overgrazing and exclusion from water sources, which is a result of the communities' land and livestock management. Grevy's Zebra Trust conducts extensive community outreach through general community meetings, school visits and community workshops (left). Community outreach is conducted for all activities in order to raise awareness and garner local support. Grevy's zebra and livestock rely on the same pasture and water sources, therefore both their fates are in the hands of the community. Land degradation as a result of overgrazing jeopardizes livestock and wildlife alike, therefore Grevy's Zebra Trust is working within the conservancies to support planned grazing using livestock as a holistic management tool to rehabilitate degraded lands (middle). Grevy's zebra live in arid to semi-arid habitat with limited permanent water sources. Therefore Grevy's Zebra Trust manage and rehabilitate select dry season water points in order to insure access for Grevy's zebra. In 2015, Grevy's Zebra Trust built a sand dam at the Laisamis River in order to improve water retention and create a wildlife dedicated water point. Recently the Laisamis River flooded showing the success of the sand dam (right).