Ethiopia - habitat

Tsigereda Dessalegn

  • Project name: Ecology, threats and conservation of Hooded Vulture in Ethiopia
  • Project site: Central Ethiopia
  • EDGE species: Hooded vulture, Necrosyrtes monachus
  • Active: 2020 - ongoing


Tsigereda is currently studying towards a PhD in zoological sciences, and prior to this she was a lecturer and researcher in Ecology & Wildlife Conservation at Wachemo University in Ethiopia.

Tsigereda hopes that the EDGE Fellowship will help her to learn more raptor-specific research design, field methods and advanced conservation techniques to update her knowledge. She is also looking forward to meeting and networking with other enthusiastic conservationists.

EDGE Project

Tsigereda’s project aims to develop effective in-country conservation capacity to better understand and ensure the future survival of Hooded vultures.

Her objectives are to:

• Estimate the population density and abundance of Hooded vultures;
• Assess and describe potential threats to the species;
• Assess the attitude and perception amongst local communities towards Hooded vultures;
• Enhance public awareness, knowledge and level of understanding in local communities, school children, and decision-making offices;
• Influence the attitude and perception of local communities to get motivated in conservation activities;
• Develop community-based in-country conservation capacity for the sustainability of the species and habitats.