Conserving Grevy's Zebras in the Samburu

Wildlife & Ecosystems

Conserving Grevy’s Zebras in the Samburu

Earthwatchers explored the factors that have contributed to the decline of Grevy’s zebra in northern Kenya and Ethiopia.

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The facts

Why the research is important

Why the research is important

The information we collected was useful to conservationists as they developed the land-use policy that helps protect Grevy’s zebra.

This project provided critical information to support conservation of Grevy’s zebra in protected areas, including Kenya’s Samburu National Park.

This research project increased understanding of the basic ecology of Grevy’s zebra, offering insights as to why their population has not expanded after hunting has ceased. By working with local communities and enlisting their support in gathering environmental data, we were able to share data on movements, aggregations, the impact of grazing on habitat, and the nature of livestock¬–wildlife interactions.

The information we collected was useful to conservationists as they developed the land-use policy that helps protect Grevy’s zebra and stimulate economic development in sustainable ways. In addition, the Kenya Wildlife Service, which oversees all aspects of wildlife conservation in Kenya, integrated the project’s findings with those of studies they are likely to undertake on Grevy’s zebra in protected areas. Drs. Paul Muoria and Nick Oguge are members of the National Grevy’s Zebra Technical Committee, which is charged with advising the Kenya Wildlife Service on conservation.

Stripe recognition software used to identify individual zebras

The stripes of a Grevy's zebra can be used to identify individual animals.

This project has already had an impact on a local level. Many area conservation managers, teachers, and university students have gained training and work experience through internships and other field research opportunities with the project.

About the research area

Wamba, Samburu District, Kenya, Africa

Daily life in the field


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The Scientists


Paul Kimata
Species and Sites Programme Manager, Nature Kenya

ABOUT Paul Kimata Muoria

Earthwatch scientist Dr. Paul Muoria investigates the status, needs, and ecology of Kenya’s baboons, elephants, mangabeys, colobus monkeys, and Grevy’s zebras.


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