29 January 2007

Species of the Week, 29 Jan 07

Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis)

Who knew they had wolves in Africa? I didn't, until I read an article entitled Africa's Last Wolves, in the March 2006 issue of National Geographic. This beautiful canid is endangered--the rarest canid on the planet. Look up some images, and you'll see that the Ethiopian wolf does not look like what most North Americans think of when they think of a wolf. Their colour is beautiful.

The greatest risk facing the estimated 600 remaining animals is rabies and canine distemper--infections contracted from domesticated dogs. A paper published in October 2006 in the journal Nature has shown that selective vaccination may help provide some protection for the population, but the future of the Ethiopian Wolf is still uncertain.

Help save the Ethiopian Wolf

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