“Focus” - Grevy’s Zebra
Acrylic on Canvas, 7” x 11” x 1.5"
Original Painting: SOLD
Ready-to-Hang, Limited Edition Archival Metal Print: $300.00
Time to Completion: 107 Hours
Ounces of Paint: 16
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Human Impacts Resulting in Protected Status:
Commodification & Livestock Encroachment:
The Grevy’s Zebra is an important food, medicinal, and cultural staple for Ethiopia and Kenya. Despite their importance, the Grevy’s Zebra must compete with increases in livestock population, which have resulted in diminishing access to water and crucial rangeland for the sustenance of Grevy’s Zebra, as well as increased rates of contact diseases, such as Anthrax and Babesiosis from unvaccinated livestock. These elements are especially tough on the Grevy’s Zebra infant and juvenile survival rates.
It is anticipated that large swaths of land necessary for the Grevy’s Zebras’ sustained population will be converted into large scale initiatives, such as resorts. Isolated already, small populations of Grevy’s Zebra will diminish and become exponentially vulnerable to inbreeding.
The Grevy’s Zebra is currently listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora [CITES], and is therefore legally protected in Kenya and Ethiopia, although Ethiopian official protection is limited.
The Grevy’s Zebra has been listed under Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and has had a hunting ban on it since the 1970’s. These efforts have resulted in the cessation of commercial trading.
Education & Programs:
Local pastoralist populations are understanding the importance of shared resources with local nature, which has resulted in increased foraging and drinking access and larger areas where Grevy’s Zebra can be found.
Scout Programs have been established to gather information about the Grevy’s Zebra populations when at risk. Participation in these programs has turned local community members into zebra champions through their involvement with the programs, as well as boosting local economies. The scouts also monitor the zebra’s body conditions and make water provisions under serious drought conditions.
Habitat Restoration programs use planned livestock grazing and reseeding efforts to increase the Grevy’s zebra range.
Supplementary feeding during extreme drought is being piloted in Kenya by the Grevy’s Zebra Disease Response Committee.
There are limited protected areas in Ethiopia such as Alledeghi Wildlife Reserve, Borena Controlled Hunting Area, and Chew Bahir/Chalbi Wildlife Reserve.
The southern population of Kenya’s Grevy’s Zebras is largely protected by the Buffalo Springs, Samburu, Shaba N.R. complex and the private and community land wildlife conservancies in Isiolo, Samburu and the Laikipia Plateau.
Profits will go to the Grevy’s Zebra Trust, who help to employ local people to protect and monitor Grevy’s zebra, hold local conservation stewardship workshops, help restore habitat through planned livestock grazing, and dry season water management. They do this by supporting secondary school education for pastoral children and researching projects that link directly to management.
The Grevy's Zebra Trust, 2017