Have you heard of Grevy’s Zebra Trust?
Let’s get acquainted:
The sole purpose of Grevy’s Zebra Trust is to conserve the endangered Grevy’s zebra and its fragile habitat. The Trust was established in 2007 to address the urgent need to conserve Grevy’s zebra in the community rangelands of Ethiopia and Kenya. A Board of Trustees governs it with representation from Kenya, Ethiopia, Sweden, the United States and the United Kingdom.
What is Grevy’s zebra?
Grevy’s zebra was the first of the zebra species to evolve after asses. They’re easy to discern from the more common plains zebra – when you know what to look for. Here are some characteristics to look for: Taller, narrow stripes, a white belly, black dorsal stripe, large rounded ears and a brown muzzle.
Grevy’s zebra populations are on the decline, but why?
At the beginning of the 80s, the global population of Grevy’s zebra was approximately 15,000. In 2008, that approximation dropped 80% to 2,500. The continuing decline of Grevy’s zebra is cause for urgent concern. The decrease in Grevy’s zebra can mostly be attributed to the following factors:
- Killing for meat
- Medicinal purposes
- Random causes
- Scarcity of resources as a result of over-exploitation
- Disease and drought (particularly in Kenya)
How can I help?
We’re glad you asked! The easiest way to help is to spread awareness of the issue to your friends and family. You can also donate to Grevy’s Zebra Trust. Your donation will support field teams in protecting Grevy’s zebra and its fragile habitat, and accelerate conservation efforts to secure their long-term survival. 100% of your donation goes directly to supporting the conservation of Grevy’s zebra.
You can do something today to help conserve the endangered Grevy’s zebra. Click this link to learn more: http://www.grevyszebratrust.org/donate.html