The Ethiopian wolf is one of the most threatened carnivores in the world. Only about 500 remain. Distinctive for its long narrow muzzle, red-tinged coat and bushy tail, this species is only found in seven isolated pockets across the mountain ranges of the Ethiopian Highlands, and in particular the Bale Mountains.
The biggest, most immediate threat to Ethiopian wolves is the transfer of diseases such as rabies and canine distemper by domestic dogs.
Habitat loss due to high-altitude agriculture and overgrazing by domestic livestock is also of concern. 60% of all land above 3,200 metres, the altitude that the wolves inhabit, has been converted into farmland according to figures from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Help protect Ethiopian wolves in the wild and preserve their habitat with an animal adoption, and you'll receive an exclusive adoption pack containing a soft toy, animal story, species fact sheet, personalised certificate and glossy photo. Plus, we’ll send you our Adopt magazine twice a year with updates on all our wildlife adoptions – perfect for animal lovers.
Adoptions last one year (those paid by monthly direct debit roll over until cancelled).
Categorised as Endangered by the IUCN, these wolves are highly dependent on the prey and conditions of the Afroalpine ranges they inhabit in Ethiopia, which means threats to this ecosystem have devastating consequences on the family groups who live there.
As human expansion encroaches on these mountain frontiers, more natural habitat is lost through the construction of roads and development of commercial farms. These activities are having a critical impact on wolf numbers.
Frequent outbreaks of rabies and distemper transmitted through interaction with domestic dogs also threaten to wipe out local populations. Limited habitat availability and a lack of connective wildlife corridors mean family groups are unable to expand.
As a result, wolf numbers have fallen by at least 20% over the past eight years, with losses of up to 40% within individual groups following an outbreak of disease according to the IUCN.
Funds from your adoption will directly support the only initiative focused on the protection and long-term conservation of Ethiopian wolves.
The Born Free-supported Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP) works to protect the remaining wolves in the wild through a series of projects including monitoring population numbers, promoting the message of disease prevention via community education, and training local people to counteract the threats.
You can help ensure the future of this species by adopting The Ethiopian Wolf Family below.
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Your money will help:
Monitor wolves and resources to overcome conservation problems
Disease prevention and control, including vaccination programmes
Encourage people and wildlife to live together
Provide community education
Preserve the environment of the Bale Mountains National Park
Boost the recovery of wolf numbers
Employ and train local people to join the project
We will process and send your order within 3 working days, and would normally expect it to arrive within 7 working days to addresses within the UK. All UK orders are sent via Royal Mail 2nd class delivery. Please allow 28 days for delivery on overseas orders. Please note – we cannot hold orders for delivery on a specific date.
Orders do not need to be signed for, but come in a box which won’t fit through the letterbox so you will need to be available to accept the delivery. A card will be left if you’re unavailable.
The adoption certificate can be personalised with the name of your choice, and delivery arranged to a separate address.
Call our customer support team on 01403 240170.