The Grevy’s Zebra Trust was established in January 2007 to address the urgent need to conserve Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi) in the community rangelands of Kenya and Ethiopia. They are an independent wildlife conservation Trust registered in Kenya dedicated to conserving the endangered Grevy’s zebra and its fragile habitat in partnership with communities.
What is Grevy’s zebra?
Grevy’s zebra was the first of the zebra species to evolve after asses. Taller, narrow stripes, a white belly, black dorsal stripe, large rounded ears and a brown muzzle the Grevy’s zebra is easily distinguished from the more common plains zebra.
Habitat and Diet
Grevy’s zebra occupies the niche between the water-dependent plains zebra and the arid-adapted wild ass, living in arid and semi-arid habitat comprised of grass and shrubland with permanent water available. Predominantly grazers, Grevy’s zebras live on forbs and grasses but during extremely dry periods they also browse. Grevy’s zebra can go without water for up to 5 days however if lactating, the females must drink at least every other day in order to maintain milk production. With land degradation worsening each year, the distance between available grazing and water increases, meaning that Grevy’s zebra mums have to make long and more frequent journeys, resulting in high foal mortality, which is one of the major threats to the survival of the species.
Grevy’s zebra are in crisis and numbers have declined rapidly. Towards the end of the 1970s, the global population of Grevy’s zebra was estimated to be approximately 15,000 animals; in 2008 an updated survey estimated approximately 2,500 animals, 2,350 of which reside in Kenya, representing more than an 80% decline in global numbers over the past four decades.
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