This unique species of zebra is known for its striking, tall appearance, thin stripes andelegant gait. The Grevy’s zebra became endangered, afterears of hunting and poaching. In the late 1970s, over 15,000 Grevy’s zebra roamed in the wild. The 2016 Great Grevy’s census results indicated that Kenya is home to 2,350 Grevy’s zebras, 90% of the world’s population.
The Grévy Zebra acquired its unique name in 1882, after the government of Abbysinia gave the animal as a gift to French President Jules Grévy.
Amidst the challenges, Lewa has made considerable progress toward protecting the Grevy’s zebra and increasing their population. 12% of the world’s population is found on the Conservancy.
Lewa aims to::
● Continue providing the Grevy’s zebra with a safe and secure habitat with abundant resources required for it to thrive.
● Establish a predator-proof breeding area for Grevy’s zebra. Lewa will carefully select the initial population, and will provide ideal habitat conditions (e.g., sufficient forage and water supply) to ensure this project’s success.
● With our partners – Marwell Wildlife, The Grevy’s Zebra Trust (GZT) and Al Ain Zoo – our researchers continue to carry out a monitoring programme for this endangered species, focusing on reducing mortality rates, increasing the chances of juvenile zebra survival, and improving the zebra’s range and environment.
| Our Impact |
Lewa’s wildlife management programmes have led to an increase in the Grévy’s zebra survival rate from 30% to 51%.
2016, of the 77 Grevy’s zebra born within Lewa, 52 (68%) survived by the end of the year. This presents an encouraging trend for our population.
In partnership with our partners, we are using technology, specifically tracking collars, to collect data on Grevy’s zebras movement patterns across northern Kenya
Annually, our mobile vet team treats injured or sick Grevy’s zebra, as well as managing the outbreak of threatening diseases such as anthrax.