Ethiopia is a treasure trove of wildlife secrets that are to be discovered, marvelled and preserved. The diversity of mammals and birds have evolved because of the unique geographic conditions of the land: highland forests, lofty plateaus, dense jungles, fertile valleys, parches pans, and the Great Rift Valley that splits the country in the middle. Ethiopia is a huge country with rare animals such as the elusive Dibatag and the endemic Walia Ibex. Nearly every year, a new species is discovered. Recognition and appreciation of the diversity and extraordinary number of endemics in Ethiopia is needed to keep these treasures for future generations. Understanding and finding a healthy balance between the needs for habitat preservation for wildlife as well as human populations is an important key if Ethiopia has hopes of keeping her treasures.
Although born in Sweden, Håkan Pohlstrand spent his formative years in Ethiopia, having moved there with his family when he was three years old. He spent many years alongside his father exploring and experiencing new territory and cultures. The outdoors and its creatures became his life and lasting love.
"[...] If you have any interest in African, or more specifically Ethiopian, wildlife then this book is a real treat. It is something to treasure and look through many times again. It won't take long to read all the words, but I guarantee that you will be transfixed by the spectacular images. It also made me want to get a bit more off the beaten track next time I visit Ethiopia, in the hope of seeing some of the things that I have missed before."
– Nigel Redman, Bulletin of African Bird Club 27(1), March 2020