10 Animals You’ll Only Find in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a land of natural contrasts, from the tops of the rugged Simien Mountains to the depths of the Danakil Depression. Animal lovers are more likely to think of Tanzania or Kenya, but while it might not have the luxury safari options that the neighbors in the south can offer, wildlife viewing here is a fantastic raw experience without the crowds. This makes Ethiopia a top destination for animal discovery and you won’t be able to find these ten wonders of the animal kingdom anywhere else.

 

10 Animals You’ll Only Find in Ethiopia

By Hayo Magazine

Animal lovers might be tempted to head to Tanzania or Kenya to spot the wildlife, but they would be missing out. You won’t find these ten wonders of the animal kingdom anywhere but in Ethiopia.

  • The Gelada Baboons

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    GeladaBaboons can be found in several places in Ethiopia, but you’re most likely to seethem in the Semien Mountains, where 20,000 of them roam in large herds.

  • Walia Ibex

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    Perched on the most inaccessible cliffs of the Semien Mountains are the last surviving Walia Ibex. Poaching has reduced their population to only 500.

  • The Ethiopian Wolf

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    The Ethiopian Wolf, also called the Red Fox, is the most endangered canid in the world. The largest population can be found in the Bale Mountains.

  • The Mountain Nyala

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    Approximately 4,000 to 5,000 Mountain Nyala are said to live in Bale National Park, in southern Ethiopia. It is their last surviving habitat. 

  • Menilik Bushbucks

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    Menilik Bushbucks are shy, tiny little deer standing only 35 inches tall. They live in dense bush and can be found in the Menagesha forest near Addis Ababa or in Bale National Park.

  • Swayne’s Hartebeeste

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    Swayne’s Hartebeeste are said to be in “imminent danger of extinction.” You can spot their last remaining herds in the Senkela plain near Shashemane, or in Nechisar National Park, near Arba Minch.

  • Somali Wild Ass

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    Although the Somali Wild Ass used to be found in Eritrea and Sudan, the last living herd is thought to live in the Afar Plains of Ethiopia.

  • The Bale Mountain Vervet

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    The Bale Mountain Vervet is a small, white-chested monkey found in the bamboo forests of the Bale Mountains.

  • The Yellow-Fronted Parrot

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    The Yellow-Fronted Parrot, with a bright green body and a yellow head, can be spotted near Lake Tana.

  • The Black Lion

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    Named for its distinctive black mane, the Black Lion is genetically distinct from all other lions in Africa. They live in the Harenna Forest, but can also be found in the Lion Zoo of Addis Ababa.

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