Publications Manager Crispin Zeeman joined Earthwatch in July 2007. In November 2009, he visited The Samburu Field Centre, in Kenya;
The Samburu region is among the last strongholds for endangered Grevy's zebras. But it is incredibly significant because data being collected on the population size, structure, and distribution of rare medicinal plants is also taking place there. Samburu people have long used plants as medicines, and maintaining this traditional knowledge is essential. The project aims to help local resource managers plan for the sustainable use of medicinal plants
The Samburu Communities and Wildlife research area is located within the Samburu District of northern Kenya. As part of the research programme, Earthwatch is working with the Samburu to help understand and protect their medicinal plant resources. The Earthwatch research centre sits on a ridge above the rural town of Wamba, under the shadow of the Mathew’s Mountain Range. The team of scientists and volunteers travel into the field every day in the research vehicle supplied and maintained by Earthwatch partner Land Rover, who have supported their research in Kenya since 2007.