THE ETHIOPIAN WOLF’S JOURNEY
FROM DEN TO DISCOVERY OF A NEW WORLD

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Ethiopian wolf pups look out on a new world after emerging from their den for the first time. Pups spend the first three weeks of their lives hidden inside their den ©Will Burrard-Lucas

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The lakes and ridges of the Sanetti Plateau in Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains, home to little more than three hundred Ethiopian wolves. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

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Playtime as mother wolf looks on. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

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A pup finding its legs as it prances across the plateau. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

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Pups greet a parent in a typically boisterous manner. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

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A Chestnut-naped Francolin, just one of the many creatures that these pups are going to send scattering in fright. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

 

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There’s always time for play. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

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A curious pup hesitantly approaches the photographer. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

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A couple of boisterous two-month old pups playing on a frosty morning. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

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A young male surveys the frosty landscape at dawn. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

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The sun touches the unique granite landscape of Rafu in the Bale Mountains, remnants of an ancient lava flow. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

 

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Ethiopian wolves patrolling their territory. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

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An Ethiopian wolf walks through white heather on the Sanetti Plateau. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

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Ethiopian wolves are typically very social animals. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

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A juvenile bearded vulture (lammergeier) cruises over the plateau. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

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Greeting one another after returning from solitary hunting. Specialising in small rodents Ethiopian wolves do not need to hunt in packs. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

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Certainly the most elegant and handsome of wolves. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

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Starting a new family. Ethiopian wolves have the ability to reproduce well. But rabies epidemics can decimate populations making it increasingly harder for them to recover. ©Will Burrard-Lucas

 

Wildlife Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas donated his time and images to the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme to draw attention to the need to protect this beautiful and endangered species, of which little more than 500 are left. His incredible images have been captured in a new 152 page book ‘The Ethiopian wolf. Hope at the edge of Extinction. 50% of sales profit goes directly to the EWCP, so buying this book is one of the best things you can do to save the Ethiopian wolf.

Now available to buy here.
50% of profits go towards protecting
Ethiopian wolves

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  • Judith Leclerc

    Wonderful article and magnificent photos.

  • Roxanne Reid

    Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing. Would so love to see these beautiful creatures in the wild.

  • Asamenew Shimeles

    Really wonderful! I feel like presenting myself on top those breath taking sceneries. Also grateful for the descriptions

  • guest

    What wonderful pictures. Liked the family and the young ones, particularity.

  • Excellent work and article, wonderful pictures