Female guarding cubs

THE PROGRAMME► EWCP Approach

The overall goal of the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme is the conservation of the Ethiopian wolf and its Afroalpine habitat, while ensuring the social and economic well being of local communities (see EWCP history).

Our working strategy is centered on the following objectives:
• To assess, address and counteract threats to the survival of Ethiopian wolves.
• To secure the conservation of Afroalpine biodiversity and ecological processes.
• To strengthen Ethiopia's environmental sector, particularly biodiversity conservation.

The most pressing threats to wolves are:
Loss and fragmentation of the Afroalpine habitat: High-altitude subsistence agriculture and overgrazing; road construction and sheep farming.
Diseases: Particularly rabies, transmitted by domestic dogs, which decimated populations in 1991 and 2003.
Conflicts with humans: Poisoning and persecution in reprisal for livestock losses; road kills.
Hybridisation with domestic dogs: Seemingly limited to one local population in Bale.

We promote sustainable solutions for the conservation of Ethiopian wolves by understanding, predicting and addressing particular aspects of the most serious threats affecting their populations - threats that ultimately enhance the inherent vulnerability of these small and isolated populations, all at risk of inbreeding and genetic loss, and the negative effects of demographic and environmental stochasticity.


EWCP: A Holistic Approach to Conservation in Ethiopia
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Prepared by Claudio Sillero & Stuart Williams, June 2005

The EWCP aims to fulfil each element of WildCRU's Conservation Quartet: research, education, community involvement and implementation. Community involvement, and the human dimension, is a core part of the work EWCP does which includes outreach with local communities, dialogue with local authorities, and partnerships with government agencies and local institutions.

EWCP: Hands-on Carnivore Conservation
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Prepared by Stuart Williams & Claudio Sillero, June 2005

For seventeen years the Ethiopian wolf - the world`s rarest canid - has been a flagship WildCRU project. Amongst other accolades the EWCP was lauded when Claudio Sillero won the prestigious Whitley Award for conservation in 1998. It continues today with one of the most valuable long-term databases on any endangered carnivore.