Ethiopian Wolves
Harry Harrington

Managing Disease in Ethiopian Wolves

2019 - 2022
Species protected
Ethiopian Wolf Canis simensis

Project objectives

By addressing the multi-faceted aspects of disease prevention and control, the team expects that:

  • All significant disease outbreaks among Ethiopian wolves and nearby domestic dogs are detected at an early stage due to enhanced in-country diagnostic capacity, alertness and information;
  • Local capacity to control diseases in domestic dogs is enhanced across all Afro-alpine regions and incidence of canine-related diseases is reduced in the Bale Mountains with 70% vaccination coverage among domestic dogs and 25% incidence decline in livestock and people as a cascading effect;
  • Approximately 40% of wolves in each of the 6 extant populations are immunised against rabies by the end of the project, which is expected to reduce significantly the chances of an outbreak.



This project is a part of the IUCN SOS African Wildlife initiative, which is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG Devco) through its B4Life initiative.