Our project began in February 2011 when Rebecca traveled to the Bale Mountains with famed zoologist and canid researcher Dr. Claudio Sillero-Zubiri on a scouting trip. A group of 13 people from 5 different countries embarked on the trip into the Ethiopian Highlands, a diverse group united by our passion for conservation and wild canines. Dr. Sillero introduced us to the afro-alpine region and the amazing creatures that are dependent on this fragile habitat.
Armed with the scientific knowledge provided by Dr. Sillero and the local contacts made on the trip, we returned to the area to begin the work of documenting the story of the Ethiopian wolf. As the successful rearing of the next generation of wolf pups is paramount to the species survival, we spent five weeks working with our local guides to capture a captivating and intimate view of the lives of the wolves during the heart of pupping season. Through our combined efforts we hope to bring awareness of the Ethiopian wolf to a wide audience and raise support for the ongoing conservation efforts to protect the species.
Thanks to generous donations made through Kickstarter, we had the funds necessary to undertake our expedition and were rewarded with a wealth of photographic material. Over the coming months we will be rolling out a series of prints, lectures and gallery shows and ultimately a book on this enigmatic species. Money raised through the sale of products will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Network to directly help the boots on the ground in the fight against rabies and disease.
Please visit the following organizations to learn more about the current efforts being made to protect the Ethiopian wolf and its fragile Afro-alpine habitat and consider making a donation.
EWP, EWCP, WCN… HUH? Who gets the money?
The Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP) is located in Ethiopia. They are the folks doing all of the hard day to day work of education, monitoring, vaccinations, research etc… Everything they do costs money and they are the end beneficiary of our fundraising. The trouble lies in getting the money to them in an extremely remote location in a country with unreliable internet.
Enter the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN), a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. They act very similarly to a venture capital company – they raise money to keep a portfolio of fully vetted conservation organizations funded and operational. The EWCP is just one of their supported organizations, so as long as you select EWCP as your designated program, 100% of your donation will go to EWCP to pay for vaccines, supplies, employees – everything they need to do their job of saving Ethiopia’s wolves.
And finally you come to us, the Ethiopian Wolf Project (EWP), two photographers who want to use our skills and passion to tell the world about these amazing wolves. We hope that our work will inspire people to make direct donations through WCN but we’ve also pledged to donate money we earn through print and merchandise sales. So if you want a tax break – donate directly to WCN. If you just want an awesome print or other cool stuff, rest assured that’s helping the wolves too!