Saturday 16 December 2017

Rare Ethiopian wolves making a comeback, wildlife charity says

A loss of habitat threatens the wolf species as people move to the Ethiopian highlands because of their high rainfall and fertile soil
A loss of habitat threatens the wolf species as people move to the Ethiopian highlands because of their high rainfall and fertile soil

Rare Ethiopian wolves are making a comeback after losses from disease and drought, a UK-based wildlife charity said.

The Born Free Foundation said that the birth of 60 new wolf pups has recently been recorded in the stronghold of the species in the Bale mountains of southern Ethiopia.

The charity says there are fewer than 500 Ethiopian wolves remaining in a few mountain enclaves.

The largest enclave is the Bale range, where the wolves have endured deadly outbreaks of rabies and canine distemper virus, as well as drought, in the last three years.

A loss of habitat also threatens the wolf species as people move to the Ethiopian highlands because of their high rainfall and fertile soil that is suitable for agriculture.

AP

Press Association

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