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Ethiopian Wolf

Ethiopian wolvesEvery wildlife enthusiast will want to see the Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis) the most rare of the world's canis species and listed as critically endangered on the 2000 IUCN Red List.

Fewer than 600 animals are left in the wild. The Southern race is found in Bale mountain National Park. Rare they might be, but Ethiopian wolves are not difficult to see. On the road through the Sanetti Plateau, sightings are virtually guaranteed. Hikers, or people who drive up for the day, might encounter wolves a dozen times.
 
It has a predominantly rufous coat, white throat and  flank markings, and a black tail. It is a diurnal hunter of Afro-alpine moorland and short grassland, where it feeds mostly on rodents, including the endemic giant mole rat. Unlike most canids, it is essentially a courser rather than a hunter. The Ethiopian wolf stands about 60 cm high, making it larger than any jackal, and has a long muzzle similar to that of a coyote.