January 23, 2018
Great Grevy’s Rally January 27 & 28, 2018
Days 1 & 2: Visiting Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Grocery Shopping & Wildlife Spotting
Before this weekend's rally, staff members stopped at a local grocery store in Nanyuki. The staff needed to get enough food for roughly fifty people including scouts, drivers, rangers/security and chefs, as well as those participating in the rally. Zoo staffers also caught a glimpse of a pride of 10 lions and 4 cubs, and of course, a wild Grevy's zebra. Grocery photos courtesy of JT Svoke from ZooMiami.
While in Kenya for the Great Grevy’s Rally, our four staff members visited the headquarters of BeadWORKS, a company that enables women within the Northern Rangelands Trust conservancies to use their traditional skills to earn an income. BeadWORKS products are sold throughout the world, including gift shops at the Saint Louis Zoo and many other zoos. The Zoo’s WildCare Institute has been a partner with the Northern Rangelands Trust since its inception in 2004 and provides annual support to the Northern Rangelands Trust Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy, one of the first of the six original conservancies when Northern Rangelands Trust was started. Pictured below are Martha Fischer, Saint Louis Zoo Curator of Mammals/Ungulates and Elephants; Rufo Roba Halakhe, Business Administrator for NRT Trading; and Lauren Harster, Saint Louis Zoo Antelope Keeper. You can read more about BeadWORKS Kenya here: BeadWORKS Kenya here.
In honor of upcoming International Zebra Day (January 31), Zoological Manager of River’s Edge Katie Pilgram and Antelope Keeper Kim Downey talked zebras and wildlife conservation on Facebook Live. Katie and Kim participated in the 2016 Rally and shared their experiences in the Facebook Live.
And That’s a Wrap!
The Great Grevy’s Rally 2018 is complete! The zoo teams’ photographs will be an important addition to the hundreds of photos taken by over 700 people across five northern Kenya counties during the Rally.
The field reports coming in from Kenya are:
- Baio region: The zoo teams in Lauren and Tim’s camp spotted and photographed 18 Grevy’s zebra over two days, but unfortunately saw no reticulated giraffe.
- Goudas region: The zoo teams in Syd and Martha’s camps covered over 250 km during the two-day rally and spotted 11 giraffes, but unfortunately no zebras.
- Laisamis region: Two zebras and no giraffes were seen by the zoo teams.
Syd and Martha with Joshua Labarakwe, Laisamis Regional Coordinator in front of a zebra watering hole constructed for Grevy's zebra and other wildlife.
During day 1 of the Great Grevy’s Rally Syd and Martha did not see any Grevy’s zebra, but did spot and shoot photos of 11 giraffes.
Grevy's Zebra Trust "Grass Guardians" visited camp and shared educational interpretations for their communities that teach them about the rotational grazing and the importance of wildlife in their ecosystem.