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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme: Protecting the Most Endangered Dog in the World

Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme logo
Researcher Claudio Sillero (who also helped found the Andean Cat Alliance) founded the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP) during 1995 to reverse the Ethiopian wolf's Canis simensis headlong plummet towards extinction.  The Ethiopian wolf is the most endangered canid (dog)- less than 450 are alive today.  The Ethiopian wolf's greatest threats are human encroachment and all that brings: habitat loss, road building, domestic dogs' diseases, and human hunting which eliminates perceived threats to livestock.

EWCP uses a many-pronged strategy to reverse the Ethiopian wolf's decline.  EWCP continue the research program which started the entire project, monitor population sizes, and research wolf requirements and natural history.  EWCP also are protecting what remaining habitat they can along with the Frankfurt Zoological Society (especially the Bale Mountains National Park, which holds half the remaining Ethiopian wolves and half the mountain nyala Tragelaphus buxtoni).  EWCP also manage a canid vaccination program, which vaccinates domestic dogs near Ethiopian wolf populations and prevents captive dogs' disease spread into Ethiopian wolf populations.  This is like a similar project which was tried at the Serengeti (to protect other predator species) and proved successful.  93% of local domestic dogs are now vaccinated through EWCP, and they are also researching giving Ethiopian wolves oral vaccines through bait drops.  Finally, EWCP convinces local populations that wolf protection is important.  EWCP does this through various means: they provide many local jobs, support the community (like providing the schoolhouse's running water), educate locals concerning wolves, encourage conservation club establishment through local schools which initiate tree plantings and other activities which protect the environment, and attract ecotourism money which helps provide local jobs and community income.
The EWCP is run by extremely dedicated and knowledgeable people (I have met Claudio Sillero and he is very highly motivated and is also very highly regarded within the scientific community concerning his canid research) and your support will let EWCP continue their phenomenal Ethiopian wolf work.  Do help EWCP save them, through generous donations.


Want to see photos or videos of Ethiopian wolves?  Want to read more about them?  Check out these links/books:



Ethiopian Wolf: STatus Survey and Conservation Action Plan by Claudio Sillero and David Macdonald
The Ethiopian Wolf: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan by Claudio Sillero and David Macdonald can be downloaded through the IUCN

Canids: Foxes, Wolves, Jackals and Dogs: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan by Claudio Sillero, Michael Hoffmann, and David Macdonald
Canids: Foxes, Wolves, Jackals and Dogs: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan by Claudio Sillero, Michael Hoffmann, and David Macdonald can also be downloaded through the IUCN download site


Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids by David Macdonald and Claudio Sillero
Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids by David Macdonald and Claudio Sillero is the most complete book concerning wild canids available.

Handbook of the Mammals of the World: volume 1: Carnivores
The Handbook of the Mammals of the World, volume 1 Carnivores is an amazing book.  It is extremely pricey, but if you want to know about all of the carnivores on the planet today there is currently no better book out there.

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7 comments:

  1. Do you know a volunteer program where we can join the cause? This is such a good deed to do, sharing it with every one in my group. Thanks!

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  2. If you wanted to organize a fundraiser for them I am sure they would be overjoyed- the link to the appropriate contact info to coordinate something like that with them is here: http://www.ethiopianwolf.org/help.shtml

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  3. Hi Thomas, it's just now that I knew about the Ethipian wolves being the most endangered dog in the world. Good causes such as this just make my hear melt. I have a thing for dogs and I salute people who are volunteering for such a good cause.

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  4. Yeah, there are so many great organizations out there fighting for animals like the Ethiopian Wolf or the Andean Cat- animals that for whatever reason almost nobody has ever heard of, but that are just as deserving of protection as the ones like the Giant Panda that get all of the press. This blog is all about getting the word out about those organizations, so I'm glad I could introduce you to one of them- so many great people out there!

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  6. This one looks like a fox. Good thing that there is such conservation program for endangered species like the ethiopian wolf.

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  7. Is there any update about the programme? Less than 450 is a very low number, even now I never saw a real fox.

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