Ethiopia is a country located in Africa, known for many different things. It is the second highest populated country in Africa, it has some of the highest mountains in Africa, along with some of the lowest points beneath sea level in the world. In addition to being known for that, Ethiopia is also known for its over 240 species of mammals, 28 of which are native to the country.
The Mountain Nyala
is an antelope which is found in the woodland areas of central Ethiopia. There are about 4000 Mountain Nyalas found in Ethiopia. These animals tend to travel in herds of as little as two, up to herds of sixteen. Due to poaching for food and supposed medicinal uses, today the Mountain Nyala is considered an endangered species.
Belonging to the same family as the Mountain Nyala, the Menelik's bushbuck
is one of the other native animals of Ethiopia. Found in dense forest areas, this type of bushbuck spends most of the day laying in the bushes, avoiding being spotted by potential hunters.
The Walia ibex
is another animal that is native to Ethiopia. The ibex is from the goat family, and currently there are only about 500 left in Ethiopia. This endangered species is found in Ethiopia's northern mountains, feeding on grass, herbs, and plants.
Ethiopia also is home to two of some of the most endangered animals the Simien jackal and the Ethiopian wolf.
Besides these animals, there are also rhinoceroses, giraffes
, hippopotamuses, lions, antelopes, elephants, leopards.
So whether looking into the nature and wilderness of Ethiopia, or at the Ethiopian zoo, which houses the very rare black lion, there are many mammals which are interesting, unique, and special to this large, African country.