Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program
April 24, 2021
9:45 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. Jorgelina Marino
Jorgelina Marino was born in the Argentine Pampas and studied Biology in Patagonia. She moved to Africa, and after two decades of studying and protecting Ethiopian wolves, the highlands of Ethiopia became her second home. Jorgelina works across Ethiopia building field teams and facilitating positive local community engagement to make it possible for every wolf population to survive. As the Science Director of the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program (EWCP), she is passionate about wolf behavior, population dynamics, and the interconnectedness between animals, plants, and climate.
Dr. Girma Eshete
Born and raised in the mountains of Arsi, Girma was never too far away from an Ethiopian wolf. When he later moved to his ancestral land in the Amhara Region, he met the EWCP team while working at the wildlife zonal office, twenty years ago. EWCP supported his passion for science and the wolves, supporting his Masters and a PhD degrees, and now leading the North Ethiopia branch of team, which protects the most endangered populations of his beloved Ethiopian wolf.
Photography credit: Will Burrard Lucas