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Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme

Frankfurt Zoological Society

FZS is an international conservation organisation based in Frankfurt in Germany. Founded by Prof. Bernhard Grzimek, FZS is committed to preserving wildlands and biological diversity in the last remaining wilderness areas on the planet. The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was the starting point of the Frankfurt Zoological Society's conservation efforts. At the end of the 1950s Bernhard Grzimek launched what has since become a comprehensive programme consisting of some 30 projects dedicated to the protection of outstanding wilderness areas and national parks in 18 countries. Within the Bale Mountains Conservation Project in Ethiopia, Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) works inside and outside the protected area to address the drivers of ecosystem degradation.

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The Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP) is a partnership between the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and the Born Free Foundation, which provides an ideal platform from which to address wildlife conservation. The EWCP operates under the auspices of the IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group, and additionally collaborates with the University of Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Debre Zeit, Gonder, and Wondo Genet in Ethiopia, and Universities of Glasgow, Leiden, South Bohemia and the Zoological Society of London, among others.

EWCP was founded in 1995 by Claudio Sillero and Karen Laurenson, building on research undertaken on the previous decade and a realisation that these animals were so rare and threatened that they required a special programme to secure their persistence.

Today EWCP is recognised as a world leader in the field of carnivore conservation.

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Please donate to support their conservation work. 100% of your donation will go directly to Ethiopian wolves.

Photo: W. Burrad-Lucas

Book: The Ethiopian Wolf - Hope at the Edge of Extinction

There are many ways to support Ethiopian wolf conservation efforts. Here are a few suggestions:

The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, founded in 1984 by the actors Bill Travers MBE and Virginia McKenna OBE, stars of the iconic film Born Free, and their son, Will Travers OBE, the charity’s President.  Born Free takes action worldwide to save lives, stop suffering and protect species in the wild.  Born Free never forgets the individual.  Our emergency teams rescue vulnerable animals from appalling lives of misery in tiny cages, often barren of any enrichment, and gives them lifetime care in spacious bush sanctuaries. 

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Born Free Foundation

Photographers Will Burrard-Lucas and Rebecca R. Jackrel traveled to the highlands of Ethiopia to document the lives of these elegant canids and the work the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme is doing to preserve the species for future generations. The result of their expedition is a beautiful large format coffee table book, a must-have for every nature enthusiast! And the best: 100% of the proceeds is donated to protect the Ethiopian wolves!

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Ethiopian Wolf Project

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