Born Free USA Global Field Projects
(This article appeared in the April 2013 EWOP newsletter)
The Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme recently held the fourth annual Arsi Wolf Day, hosted this year by Ticho School adjacent to the Chilalo wolf population. As the speeches and opening presentations got unde rway, the participants were reminded that the wolves were watching over them from the mountains towering above the school, and that everyone present had a responsibility to ensure that these very special animals survived for future generations.
Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP) recently celebrated the first Wolf Day in North Ethiopia. The event was held in Muja, North Wollo, a village only a few kilometers from wolf range.
There are four wolf populations in North Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme has been monitoring all of them since 2000. These populations are very small and vulnerable to extinction. Due to a limited budget, EWCP only has one wolf monitor to cover all four populations.
A team of dedicated conservationists is battling to save the world’s rarest wolf from a rabies outbreak by creating a “barrier’ of vaccinated wolf packs. These aren’t just “any” wolves. These beautiful, long-legged, red-tinged Ethiopian wolves are unique to the Highlands of Ethiopia and they are the rarest canid species on the planet. Even more rare than the giant panda.
With fewer than 500 individuals remaining, Ethiopian wolves are one of the rarest carnivores — three times rarer than giant pandas, according to the Born Free Foundation.
Found only in a handful of scattered mountain pockets in Ethiopia, the remaining 500 Ethiopian wolves are suffering from habitat loss, disease and persecution.
In an attempt to prevent the looming extinction of the Ethiopian wolf, one of the world's rarest carnivores, Born Free USA has waged an extensive campaign to vaccinate them against rabies. One of the most beautifully patterned and handsome of wild dogs, the Ethiopian wolf is down to only a few hundred animals, although that is more than there were a few years ago when it was listed as critically endangered.