Sacramento Zoo education specialist Chris Llewellyn joined the second national census of the endangered Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe in Africa, called the Great Grevy’s Rally. The census teams are made up of citizen scientists, conservationists, national and county governments, scientists, local conservancies, and NGO’s. Chris is taking us with her on this conservation journey and will share her experiences with us along the way.
Day 2 – January 24, 2018
After a four-hour drive to the eco camp in Nanyuki, Chris got to hear about the rally from the Executive Director of Grevy’s Zebra Trust, Belinda Low! Chris also met up with the other U.S. zoo staff that represent the San Diego Zoo, Saint Louis Zoo, Oklahoma City Zoo, Zoo Miami, Disney’s Animal Science and Environment, and Lion Country Safari.
Day 3 – January 25, 2018
Training day! After an early breakfast training for the Great Grevy’s Rally began promptly at 9:30 am. Training was taught by Belinda Low and David Kimiti, Head of Research from Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Participants received the cameras that will be used to track and identify the individual zebras. They also learned about the data collection process and how their participation will be used to help African wildlife.
Day 4 – January 26, 2018
Time to pack and set off for camp. On the final day before the rally Chris took her last hot shower before helping to packing up the Land Cruisers with food, camping equipment, and luggage. After everyone was ready to go the convoy of vehicles set off for a four-hour drive to Laisamis.
Along the way they were lucky enough to pass by the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, famous for its rhino and Grevy’s zebra populations. Next was Isiolo, a town that is famous for its ethnic and religious diversity, with a mix of Turkana, Samburu, Rendille, Meru, Borana and Somali ethnic groups. A stop in Archer’s Post connected Chris and her team with Rangeland Manager, Peter Lalampaa, Joshua Labarakwe, Laisamis Regional Coordinator and Camp Manager, Joel Loongo’nyo. Further along they drove through Serolevi, a town near Sera conservancy that hosts the first black rhino population to be introduced back into community-owned land in Kenya.
Stay tuned for more updates and follow along here or see more photos on the Zebra Rally webpage.