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Camera trap photographs of Grévy’s zebra on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch

By Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

Grévy’s zebra Equus grevyi are not often observed on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch. The two adult male Grévy’s zebra observed on Christmas Day, 2014, were the first records for this species on the Ranch in several years. A citizen science survey, ‘The Great Grévy’s Rally’, conducted in January 2016, found that the number of Grévy’s zebras in Kenya is between 2,257 and  2,443, and that Laikipia County supports the largest number of this ‘Endangered’ species in Kenya (Berger-Wolf et al. 2016).

On 30 December 2016, an adult male Grévy’s zebra was captured in northeast Lolldaiga Hills Ranch by a camera trap of the Zoological Society of London/Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme’s Camera Trapping Project. These are only the second set of camera trap photographs of this species on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch. The first camera trap photographs of this species were obtained in 2015. This individual is different from the adult male photographed by Paul Benson on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch on 6 March 2017.

 

Adult male Grévy’s zebras Equus grevyi on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch on 6 March 2017. Photograph by Paul Benson.

Adult male Grévy’s zebras Equus grevyi on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch on 6 March 2017. Photograph by Paul Benson.

Berger-Wolf, J.C., Holberg, J., Parham, J., Stewart, C., Low Mackey, B., Kahumbu, P. & Rubenstein, D. 2016. The Great Grevy’s Rally: The Need, Methods, Findings, Implications and Next Steps. Unpublished report. Website: www.laikipia.org


Woodchat shrike (Lanius senator) on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch

By Tom Butynski & Yvonne de Jong, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

On 28 December 2016, at ca. 1,800 m asl on the Sinyai Lugga, northern Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Per Aronsson obtained photographs of an adult male woodchat shrike Lanius senator. This record brings the total number of bird species known to occur on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch to 379.