Born and raised in Kenya, Belinda Mackey is an international expert on the Grevy's zebra, one of the world's most beautiful striped creatures. Her background, training, and passion for the people and wildlife of Kenya have given her a keen knowledge of population trends, management issues, community networks, and threats to the Grevy's survival. In 2007 Belinda co-founded the Grevy's Zebra Trust and now serves as its Executive Director.
Watch Belinda Mackey's
2012 Expo Presentation
In the late 1970s there were an estimated 15,000 Grevy's zebra roaming the plains. Today there are approximately 2,500 individuals remaining across Kenya and less than 150 sprinkled in southern Ethiopia. Competition with livestock on communal lands and lack of available resources are also some of the largest contributors to the decline in species numbers. Other threats include lack of water, poaching for meat, and loss of critical habitat.
Recognizing that people and animals must co-exist, Grevy's Zebra Trust works to achieve commitment and coordination amongst all stakeholders to protect the remaining Grevy's zebra. GZT engages local people as key change makers in their communities. Grevy's Zebra Scouts and Ambassadors collect scientific data, provide security and surveillance, and lead education programs. GZT also assists local people in holistic range management, preserving the land for their livestock as well as wildlife.