Earthwatch scientists provided volunteers with training so that they could undertake the following activities in the field:
Conducting censuses of Grevy’s zebra, other wild animals, and livestock. Volunteers helped in collecting animal census data. Volunteers also helped take photographs to identify individual zebras, monitor the movements of zebras from tracks or from sightings, and record GPS locations. In addition, they recorded any sightings of predators they encountered.
Monitoring environmental conditions and resource availability. Rainfall and temperature were recorded daily at Wamba, collected from local communities and other sites when appropriate. Volunteers assisted with counting and measuring the size of erosion gullies, recording the abundance and frequency of zebra food plants, and estimating the abundance of invasive plants.
Data entry. Each volunteer entered and summarized the data he or she collected each day. Depending on the interest of individual volunteers, they may have participated in data analysis.
During their recreational day, volunteers had the option of taking part in cultural activities, visiting Samburu homesteads or schools, visiting Samburu National Park, hiking the Matthews Range, or resting at the project headquarters.