Ethiopia habitat

Samson Zelleke

  • Project name: Threats and population status of sedentary and migratory Egyptian Vultures in Ethiopia.
  • Project site: Amhara, Afar & Oromia regions of Ethiopia
  • EDGE species: Egyptian vulture, Neophron percnopterus
  • Active: 2020 - ongoing


Samson is a freelance environmental consultant in Ethiopia, and has recently joined the Ethiopian Wildlife & Natural History Society (EWNHS) as a communications officer. He has a MSc in Environmental Science for Addis Ababa University.

Samson hopes that the Fellowship will help him to develop skills in project planning, implementation and leadership skills. He would also like the opportunity to develop raptor-specific research design and field methods to update his knowledge and experiences. Samson also believes that the Fellowship will give him necessary exposure to the international community for further collaboration in conservation and research.

EDGE Project

Samson’s project aims to understand the current population and threat status of migratory and sedentary vulture populations in Ethiopia.

His objectives are to:
• Assess the abundance, distribution, feeding behaviour and age composition of sedentary and migratory populations of Egyptian vulture at the study sites;
• Assess the breeding success of sedentary Egyptian vultures;
• Identify all major threats for the Egyptian vulture population and project matching sound tackling strategies;
• Promote and enhance knowledge and understanding of Egyptian vulture conservation among stakeholders through workshops, awareness events and publications;
• Build local capacity to strengthen vulture conservation efforts through training and identification of alternative incomes.