Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program
October 17, 2020
9:15 am PDT
The Ethiopian highlands are home to Africa’s most endangered carnivore and Earth’s rarest canid, the Ethiopian wolf. There are fewer than 500 of these graceful red wolves remaining in the wild, and despite being specialized rodent hunters that pose no danger to people, coexistence with local communities is not always easy to achieve. The Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program (EWCP) shepherds the population growth of this rare wolf by vaccinating them against infectious diseases, as well as initiating projects to both expand wolf rangelands and introduce locals to sustainable livelihoods that don’t reduce remaining wolf habitat.
Dr. Claudio Sillero
Dr. Claudio Sillero is the founder of the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program. He is a recipient of the prestigious Whitley Award and is internationally recognized for his expertise on carnivore conservation and protected area management spanning several African countries. Originally from Argentina, Claudio studied at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata and then completed his DPhil at the University of Oxford studying behavioral ecology of the endangered Ethiopian Wolf. Claudio is a Research Fellow at Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, and also serves as both head of the Born Free Foundation and chairman of the IUCN Canid Specialist Group.
Dr. Jorgelina Marino
Jorgelina Marino was born in the Argentine Pampas and studied Biology in Patagonia, overlooking the mighty Andes. She moved to Africa, and after two decades of studying and protecting Ethiopian wolves, she found a second home in the highlands of Ethiopia. As the Science Director of the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program (EWCP), Jorgelina is passionate about the interconnectedness between animals, plants, soil, and water, and the protection of nature in all its complexity. She works across the Ethiopian highlands, building field teams and facilitating positive local community engagement to make it possible for every wolf population to survive.
Photography credit: Will Burrard Lucas