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Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme
Ethiopian wolf conservation safari with EWCP & Prof Claudio Sillero
6th - 16th Nov 2013
Exclusive 10-trip with Claudio Sillero and the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme team when they will be monitoring wolf packs in The Bale Mountains, where over half of the world’s 400 Ethiopian wolves live. Special focus will be on the emergence of new pups typically born in October.
Ethiopian wolves are the rarest African carnivore, and the only wolf in Africa. Fewer than 400 wolves remain in a handful of mountain enclaves, and more than half are found in the Bale Mountains. The Bale Mountains are the 'Roof of Africa' - with a 1,000km2 of Afroalpine meadows and Erica moorlands this is indeed the largest mountain plateau in the continent. The wolves are the guardians of these magic lands, visited only by a handful of hard-core lupine enthusiasts and African travellers every year.
The Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme protects Ethiopian wolves and their Afroalpine habitats and was founded and is run by Prof. Claudio Sillero. It's the only genuine trip and is hosted by leading wolf expert Prof. Claudio Sillero. This is unique opportunity to live with wolves and unlike other rare carnivores the wolves are easily found and observed. We will be able to see wolf packs from close up, and observe their foraging and social behaviour at a time when many packs will be looking after their pups.
On this 8-day expedition to the hinterland of Bale, Prof. Claudio Sillero will share with you many of the secrets of these remote, wild mountains. You will travel on horse-back (no previous experience required) and on foot, through mountain valleys amid giant lobelias and get close and personal with the wolves. You will camp beside weird lava formations, watch raptors, and meet the Oromo pastoralists that make Bale their home. Whilst the camping will be to the highest standard available and as comfortable as practicably possible, this expedition requires a reasonable level of fitness and a spirit of adventure. You will be trekking on foot and horseback in remote mountainous areas up to 4,200m. Anyone unable or not wishing to traverse the Bale Mountains on horseback can do an alternative 4x4 based programme in the Gaysay Valley near Dinsho and on the Sanetti Plateau and stay in a basic ensuite hotel for 1 or 2 nights.
Become one of the few privileged travellers to live with Ethiopian wolves.
Prof. Claudio Sillero is the founder and Director of the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme. His resolve and energy is the driving force behind the research and conservation of the Ethiopian wolf. He raises all the finance to sustain the project and actively spreads the awareness of the plight of the Ethiopian wolf. Claudio is also Head of Conservation at the Born Free Foundation and holds the post of Bill Travers Fellow for Wildlife Conservation at the University of Oxford. Claudio is the Chair of the IUCN Canid Specialist Group. He supervises other conservation projects worldwide, including the Satpura Landscape Tiger Programme in central India and the Transfrontier Conservation of Andean Cats project in South America. Claudio is a passionate conservation biologist actively committed to mitigating wildlife-human conflict through hands-on initiatives – the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme is a prime example of this.
To learn more about Professor Claudio Sillero click hereFor more info on The Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme:
The Bale Mountains (2,500 – 4,377m)
The scenery is spectacular, wild and varied with lava flows, dramatic granite outcrops, Afroalpine moorlands, Afro-montane forests, escarpments and high alpine plateau. The Bale Mountains are the largest mountain plateau in Africa (“the roof of Africa”) and home to the rarest African carnivore and the only wolf in Africa. Fewer than 400 wolves remain in a handful of mountain enclaves, and more than half are found in the Bale Mountains. The Bale Mountains are a vast wilderness area with no tracks and a pristine but fragile environment. Only a few Oromo families can be found living in isolation up on the plateau. The Bale Mountains are best visited during the dry season from November – February when the days are normally clear and warm and nights can be frosty. On the Sanetti Plateau sleet and snow is possible. Temperature will fall with increasing altitude and at night and could vary between +26C and –15C. At this time of year the Helichrysum, everlasting flowers of the Afroalpine area and the Hagenia and Hypericum trees are in flower, the wolves have their pups and so there will be lots of wolf social behaviour to observe around the dens.
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Blick’s grass rat
White-backed black tit
Black-headed forest oriole
Number of expedition guests : 4 - 7
Guideline price per person : £6,790 / US$10,900
4x4 vehicles (3 persons per vehicle)
2 nights Intercontinental Hotel, Addis Ababa
7 nights camping in individual expedition-grade tents
All meals except dinners on 6 November and lunch on 15 November
Fully catered & serviced camp.
Individual sleeping tents, mess tent, shared WC’s & bucket shower
Individual trekking horses, packhorses and grooms
National Park fees
EWCP Director and senior wolf monitors
Spencer Scott Travel Director
Donation to the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme
International flights can be arranged to suit individual preferences. If flying from London we recommend the Lufthansa flight via Frankfurt or direct on Ethiopian Airlines.
Flying from USA
We recommend departing the USA on 4 November and overnighting at a London Heathrow Airport hotel before flying to Ethiopia or flying direct from Washington DC to Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines.
Ethiopia is a fascinating and beautiful country waiting to be discovered. Extend your trip and visit the unique Omo tribes of the South, the bird-rich lake district and the wonderful rock-hewn churches at Lalibela.
All images courtesy of A L Harrington & Prof. Claudio Sillero.
Ethiopian Wolf Expedition with Prof. Claudio SilleroTo make an enquiry please call 01825 714310 or
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