Gelada baboons, Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, Africa (© Hemis/Alamy)     With more human settlements, farms and road construction, there’s been a steady decline in the population of gelada baboons, Simien foxes and walia ibex, a wild mountain goat found nowhere else on Earth. Because of these human factors, the park has been on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger since 1996.

Gelada baboons, Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, Africa (© Hemis/Alamy) With more human settlements, farms and road construction, there’s been a steady decline in the population of gelada baboons, Simien foxes and walia ibex, a wild mountain goat found nowhere else on Earth. Because of these human factors, the park has been on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger since 1996.

The Ibex is a wild goat of mountain habitats. They are very agile and hardy, able to climb on bare rock, survive on sparse vegetation,They can be distinguished from the genus Ovis, which includes sheep, by the presence of scent glands close to the feet, in the groin, and in front of the eyes, and the absence of other facial glands, and by the presence of a beard in the males, and of hairless calluses on the knees of the forelegs.

The Ibex is a wild goat of mountain habitats. They are very agile and hardy, able to climb on bare rock, survive on sparse vegetation,They can be distinguished from the genus Ovis, which includes sheep, by the presence of scent glands close to the feet, in the groin, and in front of the eyes, and the absence of other facial glands, and by the presence of a beard in the males, and of hairless calluses on the knees of the forelegs.

"Capra Ibex" Recent studies based on mitochondrial DNA suggest the Siberian ibex and the Nubian ibex represent distinct species, which are not very closely related to the physically similar Alpine ibex. The Alpine ibex forms a group with the Spanish ibex. The West Caucasian tur appears to be more closely related to the wild goat than to the East Caucasian tur.

"Capra Ibex" Recent studies based on mitochondrial DNA suggest the Siberian ibex and the Nubian ibex represent distinct species, which are not very closely related to the physically similar Alpine ibex. The Alpine ibex forms a group with the Spanish ibex. The West Caucasian tur appears to be more closely related to the wild goat than to the East Caucasian tur.

GREATER KRUGER PARK AREA, MPUMALANGA, SOUTH AFRICA  Kruger National Park is at the heart of vast preserves of grasslands and thick forests, promising some of the best game viewing to be found in collectively owned and managed private reserves. Sharing an unfenced border with Kruger, these reserves are home to immense herds of wildlife (including 13,000 elephants) plus a number of luxury-in-the-bush safari lodges.

GREATER KRUGER PARK AREA, MPUMALANGA, SOUTH AFRICA Kruger National Park is at the heart of vast preserves of grasslands and thick forests, promising some of the best game viewing to be found in collectively owned and managed private reserves. Sharing an unfenced border with Kruger, these reserves are home to immense herds of wildlife (including 13,000 elephants) plus a number of luxury-in-the-bush safari lodges.

why walk when you can ride

why walk when you can ride

Simien  Mountains (Ethiopia).  'The Simien  Mountains are one of  the wonders of the natural  world. They’re an important  preserve for some of Ethiopia’s  endemic wildlife, and  sitting amid a troop of tame  gelada monkeys at Sankaber  is an experience you’ll never  forget. This is terrific trekking  territory but also easily accessible  by car.'

Simien Mountains (Ethiopia). 'The Simien Mountains are one of the wonders of the natural world. They’re an important preserve for some of Ethiopia’s endemic wildlife, and sitting amid a troop of tame gelada monkeys at Sankaber is an experience you’ll never forget. This is terrific trekking territory but also easily accessible by car.'

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New Mexico, White Sands National Monument

Gilada baboon, Ethiopia

Gilada baboon, Ethiopia

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Escaliers, Équateur

Goat Market, Lalibela, Ethiopia

Goat Market, Lalibela, Ethiopia

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