The Grevy's Zebra Trust is a team of over 55 individuals dedicated to the conservation of this incredible species

 

OUR TEAM

Trustees

The Grevy’s Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees with representation from Kenya, Sweden, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Martha Fischer (Co-Founder)
Juliet King
Tom Lalampaa
Peter Leshakwet
David Njonjo
Patrick Omondi
Dr Guy Parker
Sara Spendrup-Dyer

The late James Munyugi was also a Co-Founder and played a critical role in guiding the community focus of the Trust.

Technical Support

The Trust has an Advisory Committee to give technical guidance, including Dr Patricia Moehlman (IUCN, Equid Specialist Group), Dr Daniel Rubenstein (Princeton University), Dr Siva Sundaresan (Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance), Dr Stuart Williams, and Dr Tim Woodfine (Marwell Wildlife).

The Team

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 women and men 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

Belinda Low Mackey, Co-Founder & Executive Director

Belinda (also known by her Samburu name Nalaroi) was born and raised in Kenya. She has over a decade of experience working with communities on Grevy’s zebra conservation since starting the Grevy’s Zebra Scout Program in 2003 while working for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and later, the Northern Rangelands Trust. This grassroots approach engaged pastoral communities in Grevy’s zebra conservation and led to co-founding the Grevy’s Zebra Trust in 2007. Belinda has an MSc in Conservation Biology with Distinction and qualified as a Certified Educator in Holistic Management in 2008. She spearheaded the introduction of holistic planned grazing to Samburu communities, an approach which is being successfully used to address the threat of habitat degradation that faces Grevy's zebra and pastoral community livelihoods. She is a member of IUCN’s Equid Specialist Group and sits on Kenya’s national Grevy’s Zebra Technical Committee and Grevy’s Zebra Disease Response Committee. Under her leadership, the Grevy’s Zebra Trust was awarded the prestigious 2012 AZA International Conservation Award in recognition of the Trust’s practical and effective community-led conservation efforts.

Rikapo Lentiyoo

Rikapo Lentiyoo, Regional Coordinator
Rikapo Lentiyoo is from Westgate Conservancy in Samburu and has worked alongside Belinda since 2003, when he was recruited as one of the first 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. He was soon promoted to coordinate the program which expanded to six new communities. In recognition of his incredible efforts, Rikapo was selected for the prestigious Disney Conservation Hero award in 2009.

In 2013, Rikapo spent the year studying in Hoedspruit, South Africa where he graduated from the Southern African Wildlife College with a Higher Certificate in Nature Conservation.

Rikapo now heads up the work of the Grevy’s Zebra Ambassadors in the El Barta region, where he leads a team of 16 Ambassadors, coordinates the outreach of the Elbarta Conservation Council, and works closely with the newly established community conservancies focusing on conservation and peace in this historically troubled region.

David Muriira

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 our driver in August 2007. David has taken exceptional care of the Trust’s vehicles, which have to cope with extremely rough terrain and yet remain 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

Peter Lalampaa, Field Director
Peter is from Oldonyiro in Isiolo District, Northern Kenya. He joined the Trust in November 2007, with a Bachelor of Environmental Science from Kenyatta University.

With encouragement from the Trust to pursue his dream, he graduated with an MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent, UK in September 2011, and is currently enrolled on the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders course. Peter is an exceptional conservation leader and as Field Director, spearheads our community field programs and is the primary community liaison link for the Trust. His work requires a huge amount of flexibility as our field conditions are constantly changing, which is an art that Peter has mastered well! Peter is a natural diplomat and with his advanced training in Conservation Conflict Transformation, is highly skilled in positively engaging local communities in conservation and resolving conflict issues that arise over natural resources. In August 2013, Peter was recognised as one of 14 Disney Conservation Heroes for his outstanding contributions to Grevy’s zebra conservation.

Andrew Letura

Andrew Letura, Research Assistant
Andrew is from Archer’s Post in Samburu. He has a Diploma in Wildlife Management from the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute and joined the Trust in November 2011. His work involves doing monthly photographic surveys of Grevy’s zebra in Westgate, Kalama and Meibae conservancies. The data he collects is used to identify individual zebras by their unique stripe pattern so we can tell the life history of the animal and understand the population as a whole. Andrew is passionate about his work and has become a very accomplished photographer in the process!

Julius Lekenit

Julius Lekenit, Conservation Programs Officer
Julius comes from the El Barta region in Samburu North and joined us in March 2012. Julius has a BSc in Environmental Science from Kenyatta University with previous work experience in participatory forest conservation. Although based in the Wamba region, Julius is always on the move! He coordinates the work of our 23 Grevy’s Zebra Scouts, oversees all work being undertaken in the Wamba region, liaises closely with the community conservancies, and supports the conservation and outreach work in El Barta and Laisamis regions.

Lilian Seko

Lilian Seko, Administrator
Lilian comes from Homa Bay County in Western Kenya. She joined the Grevy’s Zebra Trust as the Administrator in June 2012, with a wealth of experience in accounting and humanitarian work with marginalized communities in Southern Sudan and Turkana. Lilian is a Certified Public Accountant with a Diploma in Human Resource Management. She manages all our accounts, our human resources, and the Grevy’s Zebra Scholarship Program. She brings a unique blend of her humanitarian experience and practical financial knowledge and skills to the Trust.

Joel Loongonyo

Joel Loongo’nyo, Regional Coordinator
Joel Loongo’nyo is from Maralal in Samburu North. Joel has a Diploma in Environmental Management and joined us as Regional Coordinator for Laisamis in January 2013. His responsibilities include supervision of our 10-strong team of Grevy’s Zebra Warriors, close liaison with our five partner communities in the region as well as Melako Community Conservancy, Kenya Wildlife Service, and Northern Rangelands Trust. Laisamis being the most arid region that we work in, Joel’s work gets even busier during our dry season overseeing our water management activities and camera-trap monitoring project.

Ropi Lekwale

Ropi Lekwale, Driver
Ropi is from Meibae Conservancy in Samburu. In 2013, we acquired a new Suzuki Maruti and welcomed Ropi onto our team as a new driver! Like David, he also helps out with camp management, making sure we are well fed and comfortable. Ropi also assists our research department with setting up our camera traps during the long dry season so that we can monitor Grevy’s zebra as they come to drink water.

 

Morgan Pecora_Saipe

Morgan Pecora-Saipe, Research Manager
Morgan Pecora-Saipe is from the United States. She has a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Masters in Population and Development. She has been seconded to the Trust by Princeton University and heads up our research and monitoring department. Morgan ensures that our Grevy’s zebra research and monitoring activities are well executed and is responsible for scientific reporting on our programs, as well as coordination and oversight of the evaluation components, including community and school outreach. Morgan previously worked at Mpala Research Centre in Laikipia and is therefore very familiar with the Kenyan conservation landscape.


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