This weekend gone (27th & 28th January) the Grevy Zebra Trust held their annual ‘Great Grevy Rally‘. The Great Grevy’s Rally (GGR) was a two-day photographic census to monitor the status and health of the endangered and iconic Grevy’s zebra in northern and central Kenya, where over 90% of the global population is found. The Rally has been running for several years, however it was only this year that the counting of the Reticulated giraffe was included in the search. There was worry among experts that 2017’s drought in the regions habituated by the Grevy zebra would have a detrimental effect on the population’s of these endangered animals.
The Grevy’s zebra is one of Africa’s most endangered large mammals that is uniquely adapted to survive in arid environments. Their global numbers have declined from 15,000 in the 1970s to 2,500 today. Over 90% of Grevy’s zebra are found only in northern and central Kenya with the remainder in Ethiopia. Grevy’s zebra are threatened by widespread loss of habitat, limited access to water, poaching and disease.
Kasmira Cockerill, event organiser of the Great Grevy Rally, spoke to SCC about the reasons behind the Rally and what the goal of the weekend was: ‘The Rally has three goals 1) Collect valuable information to help save the endangered Grevy’s zebra – a species where almost 95% of the population is found only in Kenya! 2) Engage Kenyans and tourists alike in a conservation activity which has tangible value for Kenyan wildlife and raise awareness of endangered species conservation. 3) Promote adventure tourism in critical wildlife areas, including the Community Conservancies of Northern Kenya.’