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Ethiopian wolf
Temporal range: Late Pleistocene - Recent
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Ethiopian wolf on the Sanetti Plateau
Conservation status
Scientific classification
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Ethiopian wolf range
  • C. crinensis Erlanger and Neumann, 1900
  • C. semiensis Heuglin, 1862
  • C. simensis Gray, 1869
  • C. walgié Heuglin, 1862
  • C. citernii de Beaux, 1922

The Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis), is a canid native to the Ethiopian Highlands. It is also known as the Simien jackal or Simien fox. It is similar to the coyote in size. It has a long and narrow skull, and red and white fur. The Ethopian wolf only eats Afroalpine rodents. It only lives in mountain ranges and high altitudes. It is one of the world's rarest canids. It is Africa's most endangered carnivore.

The Ethiopian wolf is threatened by increasing human populations, habitat loss through overgrazing, disease and interbreeding from dogs.

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