Tuesday 28 October 2014

The Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

Great article in the inflight mag of Ethiopian Airlines: Diane J. McDougall, “How do you save a national park? Preserving the beauty of Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains,” Selamta: The In-flight Magazine of Ethiopian Airlines (Sep Oct 2014) 26-43. The park in question is the Simien Mountains National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and on the endangered list. It includes Mount Kedadit, and also the country’s highest peak: Ras Dejen, at 4,533 m. 'Lucy' was discovered in Ethiopia, 3 million years old; and the park contains the golden eagle, the walia ibex, the Ethiopian wolf, and the Gelada baboons, which are closer to monkeys than baboons. The magazine also contained photos of giant lobelia flowers, which are found only in Ethiopia.

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