The Great Grevy’s Zebra Rally aims to involve members of the public in a national species census of the endangered Grevy’s zebra. The event, being held over the weekend of the 30th and 31st January, gives anyone the chance to have a hands on, meaningful impact on conservation of an endangered species, not to mention a fantastic opportunity to discover the beauty of wild north Kenya.
‘Citizen scientists’ sign up their team online, choose a ‘block’ of land to survey, and pick their preferred accommodation option, from camping to high-end lodges. Many of these blocks are within NRT member community conservancies, who will greatly benefit from positive exposure. Accompanied by conservancy rangers, teams will be given a GPS camera and asked to photograph every Grevy’s zebra they see over the weekend. This data will be collated by the Grevy’s Zebra Trust, and used to determine area populations, and help shape conservation strategies.
This event is the result of a collaboration between the Grevy’s Zebra Trust, NRT, the Laikipia Wildlife Forum, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the County Governments of Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia and Marsabit.
The Grevy’s zebra has suffered one of the most drastic declines of any African mammal species. 90% of the world’s remaining population is found in northern Kenya. NRT community conservancies make up a large part of their home ranges, and the Grevy’s Zebra Trust works closely with the communities to help develop conservation strategies and support rangeland management plans.