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2007-08-12 12:19:32

By Khaled Kazziha Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya -- One of the world's leading paleontologists denounced Ethiopia's decision to send the Lucy skeleton on a six- year tour of the United States, warning that the 3.2 million-year- old fossil will likely be damaged no matter how careful its handlers are. The skeleton was quietly flown out of Ethiopia last week for the U.S. tour. Paleontologist Richard Leakey joined other experts in criticizing what some see as a gamble with one of the...

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2007-01-29 16:03:35

AFRICA is being torn apart. And as Ethiopia's rift valley grows slowly wider, an international team of scientists is taking a unique opportunity to plot the progress of continents on the move. The 28-strong team is led by University of Leeds geophysicist Dr Tim Wright, who has secured a £2.5 million grant from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to study the seismic events taking place in the remote Afar desert of Northern Ethiopia. It's here that two mighty shelves of...

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2006-12-12 00:00:00

By LES NEUHAUS ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopia is a perilous place to be an Abyssinian lion - so perilous that an Italian aid group brought two orphaned cubs to the Italian Embassy, where the wife of a diplomat has been caring for them inside a fenced garden. The Lion Zoo in the impoverished nation's capital has been killing the endangered animals, poisoning six cubs this year because of lack of funding and space, zoo officials said. This even though the Abyssinian lion, famed for its...

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2006-10-25 00:00:00

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- One of the world's most famous fossils - the 3.2 million-year-old Lucy skeleton unearthed in Ethiopia in 1974 - will go on display abroad for the first time in the United States, officials said Tuesday. Even the Ethiopian public has only seen Lucy twice. The Lucy exhibition at the Ethiopian Natural History Museum in the capital, Addis Ababa, is a replica while the real remains are usually locked in a vault. A team from the Museum of Natural Science in Houston, Texas,...

2006-08-31 11:50:15

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Eritrea has arrested some United Nations staff working for a peacekeeping mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia on accusations that they tried to smuggle young people out of the country, the government's Web site said. "Members of the United Nations Mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia (UNMEE) were apprehended yesterday by Eritrean security forces while illegally trying to move property and youths out of the country by hiding them in their vehicles," the Web site for...

2006-08-31 09:35:47

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Eritrea has arrested some United Nations staff working for a peacekeeping mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia on accusations that they tried to smuggle young people out of the country, the government's Web site said. "Members of the United Nations Mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia (UNMEE) were apprehended yesterday by Eritrean security forces while illegally trying to move property and youths out of the country by hiding them in their vehicles," the Web site for...

2006-08-20 12:03:54

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia has rescued thousands marooned by flash floods that have killed nearly 900 people this month, but tens of thousands remain homeless as more rivers spilled over across the nation. State TV said on Sunday that Ethiopia had relocated 16,000 residents stranded after heavy rains caused rivers to burst their banks. But officials fear the death toll could still rise rapidly as bad weather and poor access hamper relief efforts. The floods...

2006-08-19 08:10:19

By Tsegaye Tadesse OMERATE, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Hundreds of Ethiopians marooned on small outcrops above flooded plains refused to abandon livestock despite rescuers' pleas on Saturday. Special forces, sliding down ropes from helicopters and airdropping aid, tried to rescue people trapped by flash floods that have killed nearly 900 people and displaced almost 50,000 across the Horn of Africa nation this month. Stranded on hillocks by the floodwaters, herders in the southwestern town...

2006-08-18 05:48:10

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Helicopters airdropped inflatable tubes on Friday to stranded Ethiopians wading in flood waters that have killed nearly 900 people and displaced almost 50,000 across the Horn of Africa nation. Bad weather and poor access to remote, rural zones have hampered operations by already overstretched emergency services. Since early August, heavy rains have burst rivers and sent devastating flash floods all around Ethiopia. The United Nations estimated as many as...

2006-08-17 10:07:58

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Rescuers in helicopters tossed ropes and emergency aid to stranded Ethiopians on Thursday after many scrambled onto rooftops and trees to escape floods that have killed 900 and marooned tens of thousands. Rushing waters have devastated large areas throughout the Horn of Africa nation since early this month as emergency services struggle to cope with overwhelming numbers of evacuees. After two rivers burst their banks killing 870 people,...


Latest Ethiopia Reference Libraries

African Wild Ass, Equus africanus
2014-04-30 11:15:27

The African wild ass (Equus africanus) is a species within the Equidae family that is thought to be that ancestor of the domestic donkey. This species resides in arid habitats in a range that includes the Horn of Africa, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. This species hold four subspecies, including the Somali wild ass and the Nubian wild ass. The African wild ass reaches an average body length of 6.6 feet, a height between 12.1 and 14.1 hands at the shoulders, and a weight between 510 and...

Nile Lechwe, Kobus megaceros
2012-09-10 17:01:29

The Nile lechwe (Kobus megaceros), a species of antelope, is also known as Mrs Gray's lechwe, the waterbuck, or the wasserbock. It can be found in Ethiopia and Sudan, where it prefers a habitat within grasslands, steppes, wetlands, coastal areas, or swamplands with water reaching a depth between 3.9 and 16 inches. Leopold Fitzinger first described this antelope in 1855. The Nile lechwe varies in size depending on sex, with males typically reaching a weight of up to 260 pounds and females...

Walia Ibex, Capra walie
2012-08-29 12:21:36

The walia ibex (Capra walie), sometimes considered to be a subspecies of the Alpine ibex, and can be found in a highly restricted range in the Semien Mountains in Ethiopia. It prefers a habitat within rocky areas, subalpine grasslands, scrubs, and mountain forests at an elevation between 8,200 and 14,800 feet. This ibex is also known as the Abyssinian ibex. The walia ibex is typical dark brown to red brown in color, with a grey brown muzzle and lighter grey legs. The underbelly and insides...

Dromedary Camel, Camelus dromedarius
2012-08-24 14:19:35

The dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius), also known as the Arabian camel, is a completely domesticated species that appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Domesticated”. It is thought that when wild, its native range was mainly in the Arabian Peninsula. It can now be found in South Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. The only dromedary camels that display wild behaviors are the population of feral camels in Australia, which were introduced in 1840. It prefers a...

Dibatag, Ammodorcas clarkei
2012-08-05 21:14:48

The dibatag (Ammodorcas clarkei), also known as Clarke's gazelle, is native to Somalia and Ethiopia. Its range is significantly smaller than it once was, and in many areas, populations are fragmented. In the region of Ogaden, where it was once abundant, the northern populations have dwindled due to human civilizations taking over. In southern Ogaden, it is still present in acceptable numbers, most likely due to the natural vegetation and habitat required to sustain it. It prefers a habitat...

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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.