The endangered Grevy’s zebra, distinguishable by their round ears and shorter stripes than the more common plains zebra, has increased in numbers
A census held earlier this year in northern Kenya showed there were 2 812 animals, up from 2 350 in 2016. The largest populations are found in the Laikipia, Samburu and Meru counties.
In the 1970s, Grevy’s zebra numbered about 15 000, but by the late 1980s numbers had dropped to 4 000 and by the early 2000s, scientists recorded that only 2 000 animals remained.
In January 2018, hundreds of citizen scientists, photographers and schoolchildren from across Kenya took photographs of the animals. The photographs were then processed by a computer program to determine the exact number of animals sighted.
This year, the census also included the endangered Reticulated giraffe. Around 2 309 animals were recorded in the region, which represents only a portion of the species’ range in Kenya.