Drought: Grevy’s Zebra Becoming Extinct?

The largest wild horse still roaming today is the Grévy’s zebra. Some call it imperial zebra. It is the most endangered of the three zebra species which are: the plains zebra and the mountain zebra. The Grevy zebra can be found in several areas of Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia.
The fine, closely spaced stripes, white belly, and enormous ears of this type of zebra, among other characteristics, are used to identify it and differentiate it from other Zebras. Sadly, there are only 2300 Grevy zebra in the Nothern Rangeland. Recently, we lost 49 of them due to drought. However, the entire species can be extinct if nothing is done.

For many years, the U.S. government has collaborated with the Northern Rangelands Trust and the Kenya Wildlife Service to safeguard and conserve Kenya’s critically significant wildlife and natural resources. These natural resources and nature-based tourism are vital to Kenya’s economy and way of life.

Asides from the drought, the animal is also hunted. The main factor contributing to the decrease of Grevy’s zebras in Ethiopia is hunting. Although their spectacular skins are the main reason they are hunted, they are also occasionally slaughtered for food and, in some areas, for medical purposes.

In Kenya, Laikipia County supports more than half the nation’s population and boasts the most Grevy zebras. The Laikipia Grevy’s zebra population appears to be in reasonably excellent demographic condition and is anticipated to remain stable as a result of conservation measures.

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If efforts are made to safeguard and preserve this lovely animal, it may survive for many generations to come.

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