Belinda Low Mackey, Co-founder/Executive Director Grevy’s Zebra Trust
and Sheila Funnell, Research Manager Grevy’s Zebra Trust
Saturday, April 1, 2017
5:30 – 7 p.m. (program begins at 5:40 p.m.)
Phoenix Zoo | Stone House Pavilion
Light refreshments provided
RSVP required by March 24 to
to ensure adequate seating.
The Grevy’s zebra is one of Africa’s most endangered large mammals. Adapted to survive in harsh semi-arid and arid regions, it once ranged more widely through the Horn of Africa but is now found only in Kenya and Ethiopia. Its numbers have declined from over 15,000 in the late 1970s to only 2,500 today. In response to this decline, the Grevy’s Zebra Trust (GZT) was established in 2007. GZT dedicates 100 percent of its focus and resources to saving Grevy’s zebra. The Phoenix Zoo has provided critical support to GZT’s work, significantly furthering its impact in securing the future of this magnificent species.
Belinda Low Mackey (Co-Founder and Executive Director) and Sheila Funnell (Research Manager) will reflect on 10 years of conservation successes and challenges, talking about the current status of Grevy’s zebra and the innovative efforts being undertaken to enhance its survival in partnership with local communities. These include an integrated peace and conservation approach in high-conflict areas, engagement of community members in monitoring and protecting the Grevy’s zebras, the empowerment of local women in conservation, using livestock to heal degraded land, and emergency response efforts during times of drought. They will conclude with their plans for the future, and the outlook for the beautiful and unique Grevy’s zebra.
Belinda Low Mackey was born and raised in Kenya. She has an MSc in Conservation Biology with Distinction and qualified as a Certified Educator in Holistic Management in 2008. Under her leadership, the Grevy’s Zebra Trust, together with its AZA partners, was awarded the prestigious 2012 AZA International Conservation Award in recognition of the Trust’s practical and effective community-led conservation efforts.
As the Grevy’s Zebra Trust Research Manager, Sheila Funnell is responsible for all the research and monitoring work undertaken by GZT. She is a Kenyan and has an undergraduate degree in Conservation Biology and an MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity. Sheila’s goal is to see a future where wildlife and communities thrive and future development in Kenya is undertaken with sincere consideration given to the natural world.