Found only in a handful of scattered mountain pockets in Ethiopia, the remaining 500 Ethiopian wolves are suffering from habitat loss, disease and persecution.
The goal of the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme is the conservation of the Ethiopian wolf and its Afroalpine habitats by counteracting threats to the survival of the wolves and promoting the conservation of Afroalpine ecosystems.
Work is centred on capacity building, including funding Ethiopian Nationals to receive training nationally and abroad and gain field experience working with the EWCP field team; on monitoring the wolves and the use of afroalpine resources; disease prevention and control (directly benefiting the community as well as the wolves); community education; habitat protection support and population management.
In addition to the capacity building undertaken by the project, the EWCP has also helped to attract funds to secure the Bale Mountains National Park and is looking to develop eco-tourism in the area – all these actions being compatible with the project’s aim of less reliance on external funding and management - and eventual self-sufficiency.
Born Free has supported the vital work of the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme for nearly 20 years. That’s 20 years of working to protect the rarest canid in the world and ensure its place within its natural habitat in the wild. The EWCP is now a global initiative drawing together partners and expertise from all over the world who work closely together with the local communities.
Protecting Africa’s mountain guardians
The Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme is the result of a long-term partnership between Born Free and WildCRU at the University of Oxford. We started supporting EWCP’s valuable work in 1995. With a global population of fewer than 500 animals perching on the Roof of Africa and threatened by habitat loss and disease Ethiopian wolves are Africa’s most threatened carnivore.
Read more about this great initiative the latest EWCP Annual Report (PDF, 1.8MB).
You can adopt a wolf pack and help play a role in their protection.