The semi-arid environment of Kenya’s northern rangelands is home to an array of endangered and migratory wildlife including African wild dogs, elephants and the largest contiguous population of Grevy’s zebra in existence all living alongside human pastoralist communities. Threats to wildlife include competition with livestock for water and grazing resources, habitat degradation and poaching. Hence, broad-scale approaches to biodiversity conservation are required that take into account the needs of people and wildlife alike.
The flagship for our work in northern Kenya is Grevy’s zebra which once ranged over much of south western Somalia and northern Kenya, as well as large areas of Ethiopia through to northern Djibouti and southern Eritrea. Threatened by competition with domestic livestock, habitat degradation and, in some areas, unsustainable hunting, the species has suffered a rapid collapse in range and numbers. From an estimated 15,000 Grevy’s zebra in the late 1970s, there are now only around 2,000 animals left with many living in small, fragmented populations.
The majority of remaining Grevy’s zebra are found in Kenya’s northern rangelands and our aim is to help secure the future of this endangered equid as part of a broader contribution to the conservation of its semi-arid ecosystem. We hope to achieve this by supporting the national strategy for Grevy’s zebra conservation, providing training and other support for the development of local biologists and by working with communities to help them achieve their conservation goals.
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