January 29, 2020
Seven Saint Louis Zoo staff members attended the 2020 Great Grevy’s Rally in Kenya, Africa, a national census of Grevy’s zebra on January 25-26. The Rally happens every two years and is organized by the Grevy’s Zebra Trust, a long-time conservation partner of Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in the Horn of Africa. The Center plays a key role in sustaining critically endangered wild species, like the Grevy’s zebra, and their habitats.
This year’s participants included; Martha Fischer (General Curator, Saint Louis Zoo North Campus), Tim Thier (Curator of Mammals - Ungulates and River’s Edge), Jamie Lombardo (Antelope Keeper), Cora Munroe (Antelope Keeper), Nicole Brown (River’s Edge Keeper), John Clark (Zoological Manager, Children’s Zoo) and Maddison Syberg (Children’s Zoo Keeper). They will be a part of a multi-zoo collaborative effort covering an expansive area of Northern Kenya, called Laisamis, which is home to the northernmost population of Grevy’s zebra in Kenya.
The Rally happens every two years and is organized by the Grevy’s Zebra Trust, a long-time conservation partner of WildCare Institute.
In advance of the Rally, they will spend a few days visiting some of the key programs supported by the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in the Horn of Africa. The Center plays a key role in sustaining critically endangered wild species, like the Grevy’s zebra, and their habitats.
Day 1 Pre-Rally:
In preparation for the rally, we got to practice our photography and wildlife spotting skills on a few safari rides in Lewa Safari Camp. It was an amazing experience seeing elephants glide across the grassland, being 10 feet from a lion and hearing Jamie squeal when she saw her first warthog. Seeing the animals we take care of at the Zoo in the wild will be an experience none of us will forget.
Day 2 Pre-Rally:
While at Lewa we had the opportunity to visit the headquarters for Northern Rangelands trust (NRT), whom the Saint Louis Zoo has supported since its inception. It was inspiring to see the dedication and hard work of the guards, including 24-hour protection of rhinos, the use of training dogs to track poachers and working with the community in multiple different programs. We had the privilege to see one of these programs, BeadWORKS, where jewelry and other items that are handcrafted by local artisans. You can support BeadWORKS by stopping by the Saint Louis Zoo gift shop where it is sold.