The work we do to save wild animals, whether in America or the farthest reaches of the world, is challenging, even under the best of conditions. We have to fight the trophy hunters, the commercial traders, the trappers, the exploiters, the most nefarious, self-interested people on the planet willing to sacrifice the last eagle or elephant to make a buck.
But there are those rare occasions when nature takes over, and the fight is against a force unseen, thousands and thousands of miles away, presenting a challenge of Sisyphean proportions.
For many years, Born Free has fought to save the Ethiopian wolf, clinging to life in the Afroalpine mountains of Ethiopia. Fewer than 500 remain, the rarest canid on the planet. They are living in inhospitable conditions, to say the least.
Livestock owners with domestic dogs live in the same area. And these dogs get rabies. And the rabies is passed to the wolves. And the wolves are at risk.
Born Free, focused and nimble and committed to act, supported an Emergency Response team after not one, not two, not three, but seven wolves were found dead, ravaged by rabies. We mobilized against this wicked, deadly enemy.