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The Ethiopian wolf, or Canis simensis, is a severely endangered species of wolf in dire need of conservation. If you care about wolves, learn about this beautiful but less-known species.

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Some debate exists over how many species of wolves exist. Sources will list anywhere from two to six. This does not include the occasional addition of Canis familiaris (the domestic dog). 

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In the early fall of 1998, I set off to the Idaho wilderness hoping to become the first  to document the return of the majestic wolf to the western wilderness.

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Large wolves, as well as the many types of domesticated dogs, are all part of the Canidae family, which also includes foxes, coyotes, dingos and jackals.

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What happens when an animal in an area that has been present before humans are removed? Let's have a firsthand look at the ecological disaster this would lead to...

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Once called the Simien jackal, Canis simensis is now considered a wolf, because studies of its mitochondrial DNA show that this species is more closely related to wolves than jackals.

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