Happy Humpday! December 13, 2017

Happy Humpday, folks! Have you heard of the Grevy’s zebra? They’re also known as the imperial zebra. Imperial, why? Well, they’re the largest extant “equid” —  the taxonomic family of horses and related animals. They’re also severely endangered.

While the population was at a low 15,000 in the 1970’s, it’s estimated that today there are less than 2,500. Their native habitat is found in Ethiopia and Kenya; and threats to their species includes poaching, habitat loss due to climate change, and competition with livestock.

Fortunately, there are more than a few people trying to help protect the imperial zebra, and this includes warriors of the traditional Samburu tribe of Kenya. Trekking through remote lava plains, they track and follow the zebra, and their presence is often more than enough to deter potential poachers. Their protection efforts recently received some assistance in the form of two camels!

From the Wildlife Conservation Network,
“In years past, zebras have gone unprotected, at risk from poachers and their movements unmonitored. In 2015 [warriors of the] traditional Samburu tribe of Kenya, finally received an unexpected boon from the Grevy’s Zebra Trust—the gift of two camels. The camels worked with the warriors, carrying their gear over long distances to help track the Grevy’s zebra through that oftentimes unforgiving terrain. Camels can go a long way without water, and can carry a large amount of supplies, including human cargo. The presence of the warriors is enough to scare away potential poachers, but they also do valuable community work, meeting with locals and discussing potential issues to solve them before they become real problems.

With the help of the two camels, the warriors recorded more than 600 observations of wildlife along the route during just six weeks, and further outings are already on the horizon. These observations will help conservationists establish more accurate ranges for the different species recorded, especially when detecting the presence of animals in areas where there have been few studies.”

Wow! This fantastic story brings us to today’s camelfact…

Drumroll, please…


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