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Walia Ibex

Walia IbexEthiopia's rarest endemic is the Walia Ibex, a type of goat that lives on narrow mountain ledges. it can easily be recognised by the large decurved horns of s horns of s of both es.

The male horns are larger than the females' and may measure more than 1 meter. The presence of carved ibex on many pre-Christian religious shrine in Axum indicates that it was once considerably more widespread than it is today. 

It is now restricted to the Semien mountains. The population is currently estimated at about 300. It is hoped that this will be boosted by more stringent enforcement of the ban of hunting as the Ibex has no natural enemies.