The largest of all wild equines, the Grévy's zebra is found only on the continent of Africa in Kenya and Ethiopia, having alarmingly disappeared from much of its previous range, including Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Sudan.
They were named after Jules Grévy, then president of France, who, in the 1880s, was given one by the government of Abyssinia (Ethiopia). Differing from the other zebra species, they have large ears and narrower stripes. They can go without water for up to 5 days. Mostly grazers, they live on grasses and herbaceous plants but during very dry periods they also browse.
So where can you see Grévy's zebra in the wild?
In Kenya – a safari incorporating the Laikipia region or northern Samburu will ensure good sightings of these beautiful creatures. Lewa House, Lewa Wilderness, Sirikoi, Sasaab and Laikipia Wilderness are all wonderful places to stay, each offering something different but all allowing you to get close up viewings of Grévy's zebra.
At the famous Lewa-Borana Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya, one can also actively participate in their invaluable wildlife conservation efforts. On this special Conservation Safari guests can be part of the ranger team helping to track, locate and count game species for the annual wildlife census.
Alternatively you can spend time in Ethiopia – which is one of Africa’s most compelling and interesting countries. Totally different to many other of Africa’s safari destinations, from the Blue Nile to the dramatic Gheralta Mountains, the arid Danakil Desert and the Omo Valley, the landscapes are astounding and varied. Ethiopia's wildlife is also diverse, from savannah animals in the east to unique indigenous creatures like the gelada baboon and Ethiopian wolf.
A few days at Halledeghe – vast grassland plains by the Afar lands in a mobile camp would yield uncommon wildlife and outstanding birdlife including Beisa oryx, Grévy's zebra, hyaena, lesser kudu, jackals, Somali ostrich and warthogs, even lion, leopard aardvark and occasionally cheetah.
The magic of Ethiopia must also be the fascinating people – with their unique ancient traditions. Nowhere in the world is as well endowed with traditional and tribal cultures than Ethiopia - a medieval world, with Christian beliefs and practices little changed in thousands of years.
What is being done: The Grévy's Zebra Trust was set up in 2007. http://www.grevyszebratrust.org/
General Zebra facts: