The goal of the Grevy Zebra Project, in AWF-designated Samburu Heartland, over the past year has been to better understand the population and distribution of these magnificent animals. Found only in Africa north of the equator, Grevy's zebras are highly endangered.
A total of 450 Grevy's zebras have been documented in the communal lands around the Samburu National Reserve. They are on a relatively small part of their traditional range.
Just about two weeks ago, John Reed of the Financial Times authored an article ("We can't put a policeman behind every animal", July 31) about the current situation in Zimbabwe. As Mr. Reed articulated, it wasn't long ago that Zimbabwe was regarded as one of Africa's model countries at least in terms of wildlife and environment policies and management. Now, both the people and the wildlife are suffering.
Sadly, we are hearing more and more about human and wildlife conflict. To eat, drink, and survive, animals are wandering and migrating beyond park boundaries, often straight into disaster. They trample crops of bordering landowners or disrupt the lives of local communities, sometimes paying the price of their life in return. And, as wild species begin to disappear, the country becomes poorer both biologically and economically. But, what can we do?
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT CRAIG SHOLLEY AT CSHOLLEY@AWF.ORG or 1-888-4WILDLIFE
Monday, February 23
TRAVELING TO TANZANIA
Today board your international flight to Africa. There are a variety of ways to get to Arusha for the start of the safari, and with assistance from AWF's tour operator, we'll help to ensure the travel best suited to you.
Tuesday, February 24
On 28 July 2003, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Regional Tourism Association of Southern Africa (RETOSA) for collaboration on conservation business venture marketing and promotion in AWF-designated Kazungula Heartland. This area covers approximately 290,000 km2. Protected areas in this zone include the Hwange and Zambezi National Parks in Zimbabwe; the Mosi-au-Tunya, Sioma Ngwezi and Kafue National Parks in Zambia; and the Chobe and Moremi National Parks in Botswana. The MOU was signed by Dr.