Grevy’s Zebra in Samburu

About this Adventure



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Duration: 13 days
Price: £2,300 GBP minimum contribution




Experience the rich traditions of the Samburu people of Kenya as you join them and other teens to protect biodiversity by tracking the endangered Grevy’s zebras and helping discover ways to manage their interaction with humans.

Grevy’s Zebras
The Samburu region is among the last strongholds for endangered Grevy’s zebras. From 4×4 vehicles, you’ll count and photograph these beautiful animals to help monitor the population. You’ll help find better ways to manage the zebras’ competition with humans and protect the 2,000 of them in the region.

You’ll try to discover important facts about the groups the zebras live in and the areas they occupy and move through. You’ll record GPS locations, activities, and other details of livestock, people, and wildlife you observe to complete your surveys.

The data you collect will help researchers produce GIS maps of the zebras’ range in relation to predators, nearby humans, and available habitat. This information will be shared with groups like the African Wildlife Foundation and with the Samburu communities to improve efforts already underway to save the zebras.

You may also visit local homes to experience life in a Samburu manyatta (homestead or ranch), visit a local school, and will have the opportunity to go to the nearby Samburu National Reserve, staying overnight at the Samburu Serena Lodge.
Earthwatch Team Facilitator
An Earthwatch Teen Team Facilitator will join your team to provide additional guidance, supervision, and activity organization for the expedition. Your facilitator will be there to help from the time you step off the plane for the team rendezvous to the end of the expedition. He or she will encourage team spirit by planning events such as team building exercises, presentations, and recreational and cultural activities. If you have any questions or problems during your expedition, such as issues with another student volunteer, homesickness, or an emergency back at home, you should feel comfortable talking to your facilitator. You should also follow the advice and expectations set by your facilitator regarding safety and personal conduct. All Teen Team Facilitators have experience teaching and leading groups of teenagers and are familiar with the team dynamics necessary to make each expedition a success. Remember, your facilitator is there for you!

Meals and Accommodations

You’ll stay in shared basic rooms in the scenic foothills of the Mathews Range. The accommodations have electricity, hot showers, flush toilets, laboratories, work spaces, common areas both outside and inside for hanging out, reading books, and playing games, and a kitchen. An experienced cook will prepare meals choosing from a largely Western menu. At the Samburu Field Center, you’ll experience authentic Kenyan cultures, getting to know those working to make a difference for their communities and the environment.

About the Research Area

The vast savannahs of Kenya abound with wildlife. The traditionally nomadic Samburu people have coexisted with the rich biodiversity here for hundreds of years, but growing human populations and changing lifestyles now put both human and wildlife communities at risk.

The Samburu Field Center is in the midst of one of the highest concentrations of unique threatened savannah species in Kenya. There are semi-arid savannah mosaics of grasslands and scrublands, forests, the Ewaso Nyiro river watershed that drains from Mt. Kenya, and many elephant migration corridors.

Wamba is communally owned and the nomadic Samburu people live and tend their livestock in close proximity to it and to wild animal populations, including Grevy’s zebras, elephants, antelopes, gerenuks, cheetahs, lions, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, birds, and many invertebrates. There are no fences to keep wildlife out of livestock grazing areas, and human-wildlife conflicts over water and food present many challenges.

While it’s one of the larger population centers in the Samburu District, Wamba is a rural town with almost no tourism, although many visit the nearby nature reserves. Many people in and around Wamba live the traditional lifestyle of the Samburu people. While here, you’ll get to know some of the community members who are crucial partners in Earthwatch’s efforts, and will learn about Samburu culture, which shares a language and many practices with the Maasai.

For more information please follow the link below to Earthwatch.

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