Ethiopian wolf

Canis simensis

Fascinating Facts


Ethiopian highlands, above the tree line at about 3,200 meters. Wolves utilize all Afroalpine habitats, but prefer open areas with short grasses along flat or gently sloping areas with deep soils. Unlike other canids, these wolves are highly specialized hunters, eating mainly rodents. Their primary prey species is the big-headed mole-rat.

Status in the Wild

Endangered – IUCN 2013


They are found exclusively in seven isolated mountain enclaves in the highlands of Ethiopia.

Location in the Zoo

Mammals Zone of the Sculpture Learning Plaza

Animals & Exhibits