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Africa at a glance

Gray wolf populations in Africa are minimal with a small, highly endangered population in Egypt. In Ethiopia, new research is suggesting that a canid, Canis simensis, once thought to be a jackal may actually be a new species of wolf.

Species Information

Common name: gray wolf
Latin name: Canis lupus

Artist's rendering of an Egyptian wolf

Artist’s rendering of an Egyptian wolf

Canis simensis

Canis simensis

Gray Wolf Region 1 – Egypt
Common name: Egyptian wolf
Latin name: Canis lupus lupaster

Related Species – not currently recognized as a true wolf
Common names: Ethiopian wolf, Abyssinian wolf, ky kebero (Amharic), jedalla farda (Oromo), Simien jackal
Latin name: Canis simensis









Current Wolf Population, Trend, Status
Number of wolves: Unknown
Population trend: Unknown
Legal protection: No protection

Egypt Ethiopia