GREVY'S ZEBRA SCOUTS
The Grevy’s Zebra Trust engages communities through our Grevy’s Zebra Scout Program which has been operating in northern Kenya since 2003, in partnership with Princeton University and the Saint Louis Zoo. Twenty-nine women and men from seven different pastoral communities are employed on a part-time basis by the Program to monitor Grevy’s zebra and at the same time foster positive attitudes towards the species.
A Focus on Women
From the outset, women have been uniquely included in our conservation efforts. Over 65% of our Grevy’s Zebra Scouts are women, many of whom are widows or single mothers and are able to provide medical care and education for their children thanks to their income.
“Since the project started we have been seeing the goodness of the work and we enjoy it. We are learning more and didn’t know the importance of Grevy’s zebra at the beginning. Before the project started, Grevy’s zebra were afraid of livestock and people but now they are not afraid. Even the herders accept them to pass next to them. Monitoring of Grevy’s zebra was the responsibility of the scouts, but now it has become the responsibility of the whole community and they report sightings to the scouts.” Chereb Lechooriong, Grevy’s Zebra Scout, Sessia
Glove Puppet Outreach
The Grevy’s Zebra Scouts are equipped with glove puppets made by Kenana Knitters so that they can liven up their outreach work to fellow community members! Key conservation messages focused on addressing direct threats to Grevy's zebra survival are passed through these local shows.
- Persecution of Grevy’s zebra has decreased
- Tolerance of conflict with wildlife has reduced
- There is increased awareness of Grevy’s zebra through all levels of the community
- There is increased awareness of other wildlife
- Sick and dead animals are being reported
- Employment of non-literate people which is inclusive of the whole community
- Women have very limited employment opportunities and are prioritised through our Grevy’s Zebra Scout Program
- The majority of our non-literate team members have taught themselves to write