In 1978 Simien Mountains National Park was inscripted as one of the worlds’ first UNESCO natural World Heritage Sites.
The park in northern Ethiopia features remarkable vistas and landscapes where erosion over millions of years has created jagged mountain peaks, valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m.
The park also showcases the giant Erica forest. Simien Mountains National Park is of global significance for biodiversity conservation because it is home to globally threatened species, including the iconic Walia ibex, a rare wild mountain goat, the gelada and the Ethiopian wolf.
(From UNESCO’s Outstanding Universal Values)
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