International Zebra Day and Protecting the Grevy's Zebra

The 31st January is International Zebra Day, and it’s a great chance to raise awareness of zebra conservation and how you can help.  

ZSL has 10 things you didn’t know about Zebras on their website – take a look and see how many of the 10 things you knew!

There are three species of zebra...(and some subspecies, nature is never that simple!)

Grevy Zebra

The Grevy's Zebra Trust was founded to address the urgent need to conserve Grevy’s Zebra in Kenya and Ethiopia.  It recognises that zebras needs to be able to co-exist with people and that commuities must design and drive conservation efforts. So it works with communities who help monitor the zebra through citizen science, and it uses the data it receives about zebras to make informed decisions and come up with solutions for positive conservation results.  The Trust has many partners internationally and in Kenya and you can find a list of them here

 

Find out more about the Grevy's Zebra
Find out more about the Grevy's Zebra
©Grevy's Zebra Trust

Find out about the Kenya’s Recovery & Action Plan for Grevy’s Zebra  

The Grevy's Zebra Trust’s Scouts, Ambassadors and Warriors patrol the bush areas where they live.  GPS collars help monitor zebra populations (including the reproductive status of collared Grevy Zebras) so that the Trust knows when foals are born.

  • They collect scientific data
  • They conduct conservation education outreach to schools and villages
  • They work with their families and communities to manage critical water sources for the zebras
  • Results are reviewed annually and then the teams make recommendations for zebra conservation, based both on the results and local knowledge.  

So far...

  • The persecution of the Grevy's zebra has lessened
  • There's less tolerance of conflict with wildlife
  • There's more awareness of Grevy's zebra and other wildlife in the community
  • Sick and dead animals are being reported

Zebras have limited access to water because of the semi-arid habitat they live in and the pressures for water as people, livestock and wildlife share the little available. The Trust manages water access in the dry season to reduce this pressure (which helps both zebra and other wildlife).  

The aim to meet this goal by mitigating the threats to Grevy’s zebra survival, increasing their numbers, and building a solid foundation upon which to sustain Grevy’s zebra conservation in the long-term.

You can donate to the Grevy's Zebra Trust here.   You’ll see that donations to the Trust are made through the Wildlife Conservation Network – 100% of your donation goes directly to the field to support the conservation of Grevy’s zebra. Marwell Zoo supports the Grevy Zebra Trust and it has a Just Giving campaign to raise funds for the Grevy Zebra Trust to help it buy food for the zebra during times of drought and to pay for its distribution. 

Plains Zebra

The African Wildlife Foundation can tell us more about the Plains Zebra.  There’s a subspecies called the Chapman’s Zebra, as Africa Alive tells us

The species is threatened by habitat loss and livestock, who compete with zebras for food and water. They are also hunted for their meat and skins.  The solution is to set aside space for the zebras with wildlife corridors so that they can get from one area to another, and to promote sustainable livestock management.  The solutions say the African Wildlife Foundation are:

  • To set aside safe space for wildlife
  • To promote sustainable livestock management

Mountain Zebra

There's also the Mountain Zebra who lives in the open grasslands of South Africa, Namibia and South West Angola.   There are two subspecies, one being the Cape Mountain Zebra and the other the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra