Oxpecker on the back of Grevy's zebra ©James Warwick

The conservation strategy is the first formal document developed for the conservation of Grevy’s zebra in Kenya

 

KENYA'S NATIONAL STRATEGY

Grevy’s Zebra Technical Committee

The sustained decline in Grevy’s zebra numbers and range has been a major concern to stakeholders in Grevy’s zebra conservation in Kenya. It was recognised that the conservation of Grevy’s zebra and its semi-arid ecosystem in Kenya and Ethiopia will require commitment and coordination among all stakeholders to ensure the future survival of this species. This led to the formation of a Grevy’s Zebra Task Force in 2004 chaired by the Kenya Wildlife Service to coordinate Grevy’s zebra conservation efforts in Kenya. A major output of its meetings was the need to develop a national Grevy’s zebra conservation strategy. The Task Force has since evolved into the Grevy’s Zebra Technical Committee which provides guidance to ongoing and proposed Grevy’s zebra research and conservation efforts. The following organisations sit on the Technical Committee:

Lewa Princeton University NRTlogo_withwebsite
Marwell Wildlife GZT Logo KWS Logo
AWF

Strategy Launch

The first national Grevy's Zebra Conservation & Management Strategy was officially launched by the Kenya Wildlife Service on 25 June 2008. The week prior to this a Grevy's Zebra Celebration Day was held at Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy where communities from all around joined in to celebrate the conservation of their flagship species. The event was televised across the country helping to raise awareness in Kenyans and raise the national profile of the species.

Vision & Goal

The vision of this strategy is: To have viable populations of Grevy’s zebra in their natural habitat, functioning in healthy ecosystems and valued locally and globally.

The goal is: To ensure increasing populations of Grevy’s zebra and work towards fostering ecological, socio-cultural and economic sustainability within their natural range.

This vision and goal will be achieved through five Strategic Objectives that focus on mitigating the threats to Grevy’s zebra survival, increasing their numbers, and building a solid foundation upon which to sustain Grevy’s zebra conservation in the long-term.

Download a copy of the revised Conservation & Management Strategy
for Grevy’s Zebra (Equus Grevyi) in Kenya (2012-2016).

Community Owned

Those taking conservation action on the ground, particularly local communities who are the major stakeholder across the species’ range, were responsible for developing and endorsing the strategy. The implementing structure identified during this process reflects this emphasis with field site committees forming the foundation of conservation management for the species.


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