Grevy's Zebra's

Grevy’s Zebra Trust

SHEILA FUNNELL

SHEILA FUNNELL

Innovator

Programs Manager, Grevy’s Zebra Trust

As Programs Manager at Grevy’s Zebra Trust (GZT), Sheila works to conserve and grow the population of endangered Grevy’s zebras in northern Kenya.  Sheila strongly believes in the power of people to conserve and coexist with wildlife if they are given the opportunity to contribute to, and adapt, to a changing environment in a way that secures the future for the resources that they rely on and value. She believes the inclusion of women in this process is central for its success. GZT puts the people that live with Grevy’s zebra at the heart of designing and implementing conservation actions for the species. The alignment and merging of institutional and personal goals has allowed Sheila to thrive in her role with the Trust where she oversees the implementation of GZT’s research strategy to ensure it delivers on its impact model. She also oversees monitoring and evaluation of GZT’s different programs and communicates GZT’s impact.

MARISOL NICHOLS

MARISOL NICHOLS

Advocate

Activist, Actress

Marisol Nichols can be seen starring as 'Hermione Lodge' on The CW’s “Riverdale”. She will next appear as the female lead alongside Samuel L Jackson, Chris Rock and Max Minghella in the reboot Saw franchise, releasing May 14, 2021. Additionally, she starred as 'Sarah Monahan' on ABC’s "The Gates" and as 'Heather Cruz' in the Darren Star produced ABC show “GCB" opposite Kristin Chenoweth and Leslie Bibb. In addition to her work on screen, Marisol fights for the rights of young girls and women through her philanthropic and activism work with her non-profit organization Foundation for a Slavery Free World. Her organization fights to bring awareness and shine a light on modern day slavery and the commercial sexual exploitation of children on a global level, as well as here in the United States. Additionally, she produces the annual Human Rights Hero Awards, where she awards other organizations and individuals that are doing heroic work in this field. Nichols also serves as a deputized informant for the District Attorney's office.

Goals

A growing Grevy's zebra population coexists with thriving peaceful communities across healthy rangelands.
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Goal 1: A HEALTHY + WELL MANAGED GREVY'S ZEBRA POPULATION

With a field team of Grevy’s Zebra Scouts, Ambassadors and Warriors that are employed from the communities living within the Grevy’s zebra range, GZT works across a 10,000km2 area monitoring and protecting the species. The field team implements a robust monitoring system to track the Grevy’s zebra population size and structure, distribution trends, and body condition whilst raising awareness about its status and the benefits the species brings to the community. We will continue to strengthen our ability to collect, analyse and distribute information in Grevy’s zebra to ensure that decisions affecting Grevy’s zebra are well-informed and evidence-based.
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Goal 2: HEALTHY RANGELANDS THAT SUPPORT BOTH COMMUNITIES AND WILDLIFE

Access to healthy grasslands is the most critical need for the survival of Grevy’s zebra. The future for Grevy’s zebra is closely intertwined with the survival of the pastoralists (and their livestock) that they share grass and water resources with. To secure the future for Grevy’s zebra, we will expand the use of traditional land and livestock management techniques, used by pastoralists, to address the root cause of land degradation across the Grevy’s zebra range. Using a shared vision as the ‘North Star’ for the landscape, we will continue to train, and harness the power of people at the village level, to adapt their traditional livestock management regimes to a changing environment- creating ownership for the future health of their land.
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Goal 3: COMMUNITIES COEXIST WITH GREVY'S ZEBRA

Over 95% of Grevy’s zebra are found outside of protected areas, coexisting with people in community lands, where they share pasture and water resources with livestock. Through community empowerment projects, we are addressing critical needs in communities and fostering their goodwill in support of the survival of Grevy’s zebra. The Nkirreten project employs local women to produce re-usable sanitary pads for women and girls in the community, providing a hygienic option to the traditional protection methods, and allowing girls to stay in school throughout the month. Through the bursary program, we support children with the highest grades, but without the financial means to attend school, to go to high school. Our approach aims to increase the value people hold for the species, by ensuring people recognize the link between the survival of Grevy’s zebra and the benefits the species brings.

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