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In the remote highlands of Ethiopia lives the rarest canid on Earth: the Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis). Today, less than 450 of these elegant animals survive. Listed as Endangered by the IUCN on account of its small numbers, fragmented range and the risk of disease transmission from domestic dogs.

NPL photographer Will Burrard-Lucas travelled to the Bale Mountains, home to the largest remaining wolf population, with the aim of photographing the wolves and documenting the work of Oxford University's Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP), which seeks to protect wolves through vaccination and community outreach programs.


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Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) portrait, Sanetti Plateau, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) portrait, Sanetti Plateau, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) pup exploring, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) pup exploring, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) portrait of pup, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) portrait of pup, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) profile, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) profile, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) patrolling territory in the Web Valley, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) patrolling territory in the Web Valley, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Ethiopian wolf cub (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian wolf cub (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) resting, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) resting, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis) looks out over a frosty landscape shortly, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopian highlands, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis) looks out over a frosty landscape shortly, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopian highlands, Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) pup, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) pup, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Remote camera set up for photographing a Big-headed mole rat (Tachyoryctes macrocephalus) appearing from its hole, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Remote camera set up for photographing a Big-headed mole rat (Tachyoryctes macrocephalus) appearing from its hole, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Big-headed mole rat (Tachyoryctes macrocephalus) appearing from its hole, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. Taken with remote camera. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Big-headed mole rat (Tachyoryctes macrocephalus) appearing from its hole, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. Taken with remote camera.
Big-headed mole rat (Tachyoryctes macrocephalus) appearing from its hole, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. Taken with remote camera. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Big-headed mole rat (Tachyoryctes macrocephalus) appearing from its hole, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. Taken with remote camera.
Researchers from the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program (EWCP) collecting data from a sedated Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Researchers from the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program (EWCP) collecting data from a sedated Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011.
Conservationists from the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program (EWCP) collecting data from a sedated Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Conservationists from the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program (EWCP) collecting data from a sedated Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011.
A researcher from the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP) covers a sedated female Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) in blanket, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / A researcher from the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP) covers a sedated female Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) in blanket, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP)  working with a sedated Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP) working with a sedated Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Conservations from the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program (EWCP) process blood from Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Conservations from the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program (EWCP) process blood from Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011.
Researchers from the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP) weighing sedated female Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Researchers from the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP) weighing sedated female Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
A researcher from the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program (EWCP) releases an Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) having trapped and tested it for rabies antibodies.  Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia... - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / A researcher from the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program (EWCP) releases an Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) having trapped and tested it for rabies antibodies. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia...
Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) cubs playing, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) cubs playing, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) watching Grass rat prey, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) watching Grass rat prey, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) mother picking up baby, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) mother picking up baby, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
An Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program (EWPC) wolf monitor marks the location of a den with a handheld GPS device, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / An Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program (EWPC) wolf monitor marks the location of a den with a handheld GPS device, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011.
Four by four stuck in muddy bog, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Four by four stuck in muddy bog, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011.
Hut in amongst the granite formations of Rafu. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2011. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Hut in amongst the granite formations of Rafu. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2011.
Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas with  towering granite formations of Rafu. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2011. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas with towering granite formations of Rafu. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2011.
Giant Lobelias (Lobelia rhynchopetalum) Afroalpine Sanetti Plateau, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2012. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Giant Lobelias (Lobelia rhynchopetalum) Afroalpine Sanetti Plateau, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2012.
Photographer's tent under the stars and granite cliffs of Rafu. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2011. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Photographer's tent under the stars and granite cliffs of Rafu. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2011.
Ethiopian children, Rafu. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2011. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian children, Rafu. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2011.
Domestic dogs near hut, domestic dogs can transmit rabies and other diseases to Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Domestic dogs near hut, domestic dogs can transmit rabies and other diseases to Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Blick's grass rats (Arvicanthis blicki) babies, habituated to the photographer investigating hand, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Blick's grass rats (Arvicanthis blicki) babies, habituated to the photographer investigating hand, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Olive baboon (Papio anubis) Harenna Forest. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Olive baboon (Papio anubis) Harenna Forest. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
The high-altitude moorland of the Sanetti Plateau, with Giant lobelias (Lobelia rhyncopetalum)  Ethiopian Highlands, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / The high-altitude moorland of the Sanetti Plateau, with Giant lobelias (Lobelia rhyncopetalum) Ethiopian Highlands, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011.
EWCP (Ethiopian wolf conservation programme) camp in the Web Valley, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / EWCP (Ethiopian wolf conservation programme) camp in the Web Valley, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011.
Landscape of Sanetti Plateau with Giant Lobelias (Lobelia rhynchopetalum) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Landscape of Sanetti Plateau with Giant Lobelias (Lobelia rhynchopetalum) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Hut in a remote region of the Ethiopian Highlands. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2011. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Hut in a remote region of the Ethiopian Highlands. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2011.
Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) digging to expand den, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) digging to expand den, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Cooking hut lit inside by a small cooking fire, with star trails, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2011. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Cooking hut lit inside by a small cooking fire, with star trails, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2011.
Hut and local Oromo family at Rafu. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2011. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Hut and local Oromo family at Rafu. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, December 2011.
Cape Eagle-Owl (Bubo capensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Cape Eagle-Owl (Bubo capensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) pack playing, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) pack playing, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) portrait, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) portrait, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Sub-adult Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) stretching, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Sub-adult Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) stretching, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
High-altitude moorland of the Sanetti Plateau, with Giant lobelias (Lobelia rhyncopetalum)  Ethiopian Highlands, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / High-altitude moorland of the Sanetti Plateau, with Giant lobelias (Lobelia rhyncopetalum) Ethiopian Highlands, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, November 2011.
Ethiopian wolves (Canis simensis) patrolling their territory on a frosty morning, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian wolves (Canis simensis) patrolling their territory on a frosty morning, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Rock hyrax (Procavia capensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Rock hyrax (Procavia capensis) Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) female returning to den with hare prey, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) female returning to den with hare prey, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
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