The Walia Ibex (Capra walie)Wale Mengistu*
Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI), P. O. Box 30726, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Wale Mengistu
Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI)
P. O. Box 30726
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: April 21, 2016; Accepted date: June 03, 2016; Published date: June 10, 2016
Citation: Wale M (2016) The Walia Ibex (Capra walie). J Biodivers Endanger Species 4:161. doi: 10.4172/2332-2543.1000161
Copyright: © 2016 Wale M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Walia ibex is endemic mammals of Ethiopia confided to Semien Mountain National Park. It is ungulate of a mediumsized mammal, showing a marked sexual dimorphism and lives between 2600 - 3900 m asl mountains of the park. The main threats of this species are human encroachment, habitat loss, livestock grazing and hunting. The population trend is fluctuating. However, currently; it is slightly increasing. Walia ibex is listed as endangered category in IUCN Red List Threatened species. Currently, it is conserved in the park which is administered by both federal and Regional Government. However, for effective conservation of this species, establishing the buffer zone, prohibit hunting, prevent possible Hybridization with goats, Captive-breeding and Awareness creation programs should be proposed and implemented soon.