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Treating an injured Grevy's Zebra

February 10, 2015

Last week, a team from the Kenya Wildlife Service led by Dr. Rono joined the Lewa Research team in treating this injured female Grevy's zebra. 

Lewa Safari Camp guide Tom Njogu had previously spotted the zebra limping in obvious pain and alerted the Research Team. Dr. Rono and the team cleaned the wounds and treated the Grevy's zebra with long-acting antibiotics to prevent further infection. The vet also injected her with painkillers. 

Judging from the wounds, the Grevy's zebra survived an attack by predators. She is also heavily pregnant. Luckily, Dr. Rono is positive that the zebra's health will improve!

Some would wonder, why would we take the time to treat an injured zebra?

Unlike their plains zebra cousins, the Grevy's zebra such as the one treated by the team are critically endangered with a global estimate of only 2,600 individuals. Each individual Grevy's zebra life is therefore critically important in ensuring the survival of the species. Lewa is home to the world's single largest population, an important number in steering the re-emergence of the species in northern Kenya.