Wildlife & Animals – Ethiopia

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Ethiopia.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Ethiopia.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Ethiopia.

Ethiopia's wildlife is remarkably diverse. Many mainstream safari animals such as elephant and lion are present in small numbers, but it’s really Ethiopia’s unusual creatures that steal the show. Ethiopian wolf, Walia ibex, Swayne's hartebeest and mountain nyala are all endemic. A boat trip on Lake Tana is great for hippos, while monstrous crocodiles can be seen in Nechisar National Park.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
Elephant Very Rare
Golden jackal Occasional
Beisa oryx Occasional
Hippo Common
Klipspringer Occasional

Wildlife Highlights

Primate-lovers are in for a treat, since several species are unique to Ethiopia. Undoubtedly the most handsome of these endemics is the golden-maned gelada monkey. The rare hamadryas baboon lives alongside the more widespread olive baboon in Awash NP. Bale Mountains NP is one of many places where you’ll be able to see the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey, and it is also home to the recently discovered Bale monkey.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Ethiopia is good throughout the year and doesn’t really depend on the seasons. However, Simien and Bale Mountains, the main strongholds of Ethiopia’s endemic wildlife, can be unpleasant to visit when it is raining (especially if you intend to hike or camp). The Dry season months from November to March usually have clear, warm days.

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Recommended Wildlife Books

  • Mammals of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia
    Trevor Jenner
  • The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals: Second Edition
    Johnathan Kingdon

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