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Conservation Status

With less than 500 individuals remaining, Ethiopian wolves are one of the rarest carnivores - three times rarer than giant pandas.  The Ethiopian wolf is threatened by loss of habitat, hybridization with domestic dogs and the spread of lethal diseases carried by domestic dogs. 

The IUCN1 Red List, which lists all threatened species of animals, classes the Ethiopian wolf as ‘endangered’.

1International Union for Conservation of Nature



Ethiopian wolves (Canis simensis) are not listed under CITES, as there is insufficient evidence of international trade.

2The United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) is an international agreement between governments which provides varying levels of protection for species that are or may be in danger of extinction from international trade.

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