The Grevy's Zebra Trust was established in January 2007 to address the urgent need to conserve Grevy's zebra (Equus grevyi) in the community rangelands of Ethiopia and Kenya. It is an independent wildlife conservation Trust registered in Kenya.
We focus on: employment of communities to protect and monitor the species; support of education for pastoral children; awareness campaigns; partnering on research projects that link directly to management; and rangeland rehabilitation through planned livestock grazing. In order to maximise the success of its programmes, coordination and close collaboration with partner organisations working in Grevy's zebra conservation is a priority of the Trust.
The Grevy’s Zebra Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees with representation from Kenya, Ethiopia, Sweden, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Martha Fischer (Chair)
Tom Lalampaa (Vice-Chair)
David Njonjo (Treasurer)
Dr. Guy Parker
The late James Munyugi was also a Founder Trustee and played a critical role in guiding the community focus of the Trust.
The Trust has an Advisory Committee to give technical guidance, including Dr Patricia Moehlman (IUCN, Equid Specialist Group), Dr Daniel Rubenstein (Princeton University), Dr Stuart Williams, and Dr Tim Woodfine (Marwell Wildlife).
The Grevy's Zebra Trust has an exceptionally committed team who work tirelessly to further the goals of Grevy's zebra conservation. The field team is based in Samburu 100% of the time, while accounts and administration are done from the Nairobi office. Under the supervision of the field team is a dedicated team of men and women employed from local communities in the capacity of Grevy’s Zebra Scouts, Ambassadors and Warriors.
Team members are listed below in the order that they joined the Grevy's Zebra Trust.
Belinda (Low) Mackey, Executive Director
Belinda was born and raised in Kenya. She has an MSc in Conservation Biology from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, UK. She started working in Grevy’s zebra conservation at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in 2001 for Earthwatch Institute as co-PI with Dr Daniel Rubenstein on the Zebras of Kenya research project, which investigated competition between Grevy’s and plains zebra.
For the next two years, Belinda worked for Lewa as Research Officer and was responsible for coordinating their research and monitoring projects. During this time she founded the Grevy’s Zebra Scout Programme which engaged pastoral communities in Grevy’s zebra conservation. Moving on to the Northern Rangelands Trust in 2005 she developed the Northern Rangelands Endangered Species Programme which began the crucial expansion of Grevy’s zebra conservation into community-owned lands where the majority of the remaining animals reside.
This work led to the founding of an organisation dedicated to Grevy’s zebra conservation called the Grevy’s Zebra Trust. Belinda serves as the Executive Director for the Trust. She is a Certified Educator in Holistic Management and spearheaded the introduction of holistic planned grazing to Samburu communities, an approach which is being successfully used to address the threat of rangeland degradation that faces Grevy's zebra and pastoral livelihoods.
Belinda was a founder member of Kenya’s Grevy’s Zebra Task Force in 2004 and was part of the team that drafted the five-year strategy to guide Grevy’s zebra conservation and management in Kenya. She is a member of IUCN’s Equid Specialist Group and represents the Trust on Kenya's Grevy's Zebra Technical Committee and Disease Response Committee.
Rikapo Lentiyoo, Regional Coordinator, Laisamis
Rikapo Lentiyoo is of Samburu ethnic origin from the Ngutuk Ongiron Group Ranch, West Gate Community Conservancy, in Samburu District, northern Kenya. Rikapo has worked alongside Belinda on Grevy's zebra conservation since 2003 when he was recruited as one of the first part-time Grevy’s Zebra Scouts.
At the time, Rikapo was a young Samburu warrior wearing traditional dress who spoke very little English, and who quickly proved to be an excellent Scout. Rikapo was promoted to Program Coordinator and the success of the Grevy's Zebra Scout Program under his leadership led to its expansion in six different communities. Rikapo is the person on the ground who is assigned to assessing and implementing emergency response efforts as they arise - some examples include the 2006 anthrax outbreak and the 2009 and 2011 droughts. In recognition of his incredible efforts, Rikapo was selected for the prestigious Disney Conservation Hero award in 2009.
In 2012, the Trust established its new Grevy's Zebra Warrior Program in Laisamis. Rikapo was promoted to become Regional Coordinator for the area, managing a team of 10 Grevy's Zebra Warriors and 3 Grevy's Zebra Scouts.
Rikapo is currently studying a diploma in Wildlife Management at the Southern African Wildlife College in Hoedspruit, South Africa. Replacing him while he is away is Joel Loongoo'nyo. Rikapo will resume his work with the Trust in January 2014.
David Muriira, Driver
David Muriira comes from an area close to the town of Meru next to Mt Kenya. David joined the Grevy’s Zebra Trust as the driver in August 2007. David has taken exceptional care of the Trust’s Land Cruiser, which does over 3,000 km per month over extremely rough terrain and yet remains in excellent condition thanks to David’s careful management. He is also instrumental in taking care of the team when we are camping in the field by cooking us simple and incredibly tasty food.
Peter Lalampaa, Senior Manager
Peter Lalampaa is of Samburu ethnic origin from Oldonyiro in Isiolo District, Northern Kenya. Peter has been working with the Grevy’s Zebra Trust since November 2007. This was his first job after successfully completing his Bachelor of Environmental Science degree at Kenyatta University, Nairobi.
Coming from Samburu, Peter has a special affinity for the area and a desire to give back to his community and the land they depend on. This connection has strengthened his dedication to wildlife conservation as he recognizes that the future of pastoral livelihoods is also dependent on the same resources. Thus by conserving wildlife and its habitat he will also be able to improve the livelihoods of his people, creating a win-win situation.
It was clear from the outset that Peter was quickly evolving into an outstanding conservation leader. With encouragement from the Trust to fulfil his dream, Peter went to study an MSc in Conservation Biology at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, UK in September 2010. Peter successfully graduated the following year and presented the results of his thesis at the International Wild Equid Conference in Vienna in September 2012.
As Senior Manager, Peter supervises the Grevy's Zebra Scout and Warrior Programs, works on our research and monitoring projects in collaboration with our partners, and is the primary community liaison link for the Trust.
Peter is now currently enrolled with the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders course 2013-2014 and, in May 2013, will be participating in Advanced Conflict Transformation Training facilitated by the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration. In August 2013, Peter was recognised as one of 14 Disney Conservation Heroes!
Lilian Seko, Administrator
Lilian comes from Suba Region, Homa-Bay County in Western part of Kenya. Lilian joined Grevy’s Zebra Trust as the Administrator in June 2012, with a wealth of experience in accounting and humanitarian work from various NGOs spanning over 8 years, and working with marginalized communities in Southern Sudan and Turkana as well as refugees in Kakuma Camp, Kenya.
Lilian is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated with a Diploma in Human Resource Management. She is certified in Humanitarian Accountability and Project Cycle Management.
Lilian has solid experience in grant management and reporting, financial policies and procedures mananagement, capacity building, project implementation, and reporting on different donor funded projects including UNHCR, BPRM, FAO, WFP, UNDP, UNICEF, CARE/USAID and EU.
She is a highly committed, motivated, and flexible individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Lilian is passionate about conservation and human-wildlife coexistence. She brings a unique blend of her humanitarian experience and practical financial knowledge and skills to the Grevy’s Zebra Trust.
Grevys Zebra Trust
PO Box 15351-00509