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What it takes to protect the world's most endangered zebra

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Sheila Funnell has dedicated her life to tracking Grevy's zebras in Kenya, which have suffered one of the biggest population declines of any current African mammal.

(CNN)The Grevy's zebra, covered in white and black stripes, may not look dissimilar to the common zebra.

This subset is the largest of the three zebra species found in Africa, and can be identified by stark white bellies, round ears and brown muzzles.

But due to hunting and land degradation, they also happen to be the most endangered zebra on the continent, according to the African Wildlife Foundation.

Roughly 2,000 Grevy's zebras exist in the wild today.

Kenya is home to 90% of the remaining wild population, says Funnell, program manager of Grevy's Zebra Trust (GZT) in the Samburu region of northern Kenya.

She lives part-time on a GZT basecamp within Grevy's zebra territory, collecting data that is used to advocate for and protect their habitat.

To learn more about what it takes to protect the Grevy's zebra, watch the video above.

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