Awash National Park is the oldest wildlife reserve in Ethiopia, covering an area of 720 sq km. The area includes Fantalle Volcano (1800m) and an area of naturally hot mineral springs. Apart from the 450 species of birds in the park, the wildlife consists of oryx, kudu, Soemmerring’s gazelle, klipspringer, dik-dik, bushbuck, hippopotamus, leopard, cheetah, bat-eared fox, colobus and green monkeys and baboons. Both the cheetah and the leopard are very difficult to spot. The local ethnic group here are mainly Kereyu, with some Afar, and there is an interesting conflict of interest between their grazing rights and the preservation of Awash National Park.
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