Secrets of the Grevy's
Far on the edge of the Samburu National Park in Kenya, we came upon a herd of Zebras. Most were the common Plains Zebra, but amidst them was a small herd of the Endangered Grevy's Zebra. As we watched, two of these rare creatures separated from the main herd to practice their battle skills. This photo was taken towards the end of the fight when both boys were exhaused from their exertions, and the winner seems to be whispering his winning formula into the ear of his rival. Grevy's Zebra, slaughtered for their magnificent hides, are truly endangered, and can only be viewed in the wild in Kenya and a small area of Ethiopia. Loss of the arid scrubland that they prefer due to humans has also affected this population's decline. It is estimated that only 1500 - 2000 of these animals survive in the wild. Grevy's Zebra, named for a former president of France who was given one as a gift in the 1880s, differentiate themselves from the Plains and Mountain Zebras with narrower stipes, larger ears and lack of stripes on their bellies. The Grevy's Zebra is the largest species of Zebra.