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A recent study into the genetic make-up of populations of the Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) has worrying implications for the conservation of this endangered canid, only 500 of which are thought to remain.  The 12-year study found that populations of the species are relatively isolated from one another, which means that the populations are less robust in the face of pressures such as disease or environmental change.

The Ethiopian Wolf is the world’s rarest canid, and Africa’s only wolf, and is threatened by the degradation and fragmentation of its highland habitat.  It would be a tragedy if this species loses its struggle for survival.