I am Dr. Paul Muoria, a research scientist with African Wildlife Foundation. My work revolves around the conservation of the endangered Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi).
This beautifully striped equid was once widespread in the horn of Africa but are now extinct in Somalia, Djibouti and Eretria. Today, they are only found in Kenya (North of Equator) and in small isolated pockets in Ethiopia. Their total population is estimated at less than 3,000 individuals. Of these, Ethiopia has about 100 individuals. This makes Kenya the host of nearly all the wild Grevy’s zebras in the world.
The majority of these Grevy’s zebras are in the Samburu Heartland, which they share with nomadic pastoralists who have managed to preserve their rich cultural heritage. A small proportion of Grevy’s zebra are found in Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba national reserves.
As you follow me in my blog, you will learn how we work with the local nomadic pastoral communities, reserve managers and other land owners to monitor Grevy’s zebra numbers, movements and threats facing the species, and how we are helping raise awareness about the plight of this species among local communities, and at at the national and international levels. You will also learn how individual Grevy’s zebras can be distinguished using their unique stripe patterns (just like you finger prints).
However, today I just wanted to welcome you to “Guarding Grevy's Zebras”.
Dr. Paul Muoria leads AWF’s Grevy’s Zebra research and conservation project in the Samburu Heartland of Kenya. A few decades ago, more than 15,000 Grevy’s zebras inhabited Africa. Today, less than 2,500 remain. Paul is fighting to turn this trend around. In a sea of stripes, Paul is working to identify and record each individual Grevy’s and to track their movements. Also, he is training scouts to help engage communities and safeguard these endangered zebras from marching towards extinction.
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