The rare Grevy’s zebra in Kenya, already struggling with a searing drought that has hit east Africa, is dying in scores with the outbreaks of deadly anthrax across the region, to the extent of threatening the endangered species with extinction, wildlife officials and scientists have said.
The rate of their death is alarming! In the scrub-peppered, sprawling plains in and around Kenya’s central Samburu National Reserve, the zebras — known for their narrow stripes and large ears — are dying helplessly. The Reserve is one of the last remaining habitats of the zebras. The animals are feared to have perished further north.
It is in December last year; an acute form of equine anthrax began appearing in animals around Samburu. This happened as the zebras began mixing with livestock in competition for dwindling water and pasture, according to a report prepared by KWS and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF).