Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Born Free Foundation (Ensessakotteh) area near Addis Ababa/Ethiopia

The center of the Born Free Foundation (Ensessakotteh) in Ethiopia is a good place for a short trip from Addis and it takes just 30 min to escape the concrete world of Ethiopia’s capitol.
The foundation works in conservation and welfare of wildlife in Ethiopia, the center is an education and rescue station with wild animals found orphaned in wild or confiscated from illegal things. On the area are several large compounds with wild cats like cheetahs or lions. 

area of the Born Free Foundation (Ensessakotteh)
The area has a dense, natural vegetation.

Ethiopian Lion
Extinct or almost extinct in the wild, the Ethiopian Lion, perhaps an own subspecies.

grivet (Chlorocebus aethiops) in Ethiopia
Living wild in the area, Grivet Monkeys.
By the way,it’s a good place for birding with dense vegetation, interesting plants and many wonderful places. 

Abyssinian rose Rosa abyssinica

An Abyssinian rose (Rosa abyssinica).

Abyssinian slaty flycatcher (Melaenornis chocolatinus)
Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher (Melaenornis chocolatinus).

A Red-shouldered Cuckooshrike (Campephaga phoenicea)?, despite the yelow shoulder.

Tawny-flanked Prinia (Prinia subflava)

Tawny-flanked Prinia (Prinia subflava).
Linked with Viewing Nature with Eileen, Wild Bird Wednesday and I'D Rather B Birdin.


  1. I would love to see the lion, wild and free. Great shot. And the Monkey is cute. Great captures of the birds, a nice variety! Thank you for linking up your post, have a happy weekend!

  2. beautiful place and beautiful shots!

  3. These are all beautiful photographs. It is so sad to see and hear of animals becoming extincy or nearly extinct. They are doing a great work there. Have a great weekend.

  4. Fantastic photos of animals, birds and flowers.

  5. Wonderful photos! The lion is a magnificent beast.

  6. Großartige Fotos! Der Löwe ist natürlich sehr beeindruckend! Aber die Vögel sind auch sehr schön!
    Hab einen schönen Sonntag!

  7. I loved seeing this! You got some amazing photos! What a wonderful conservation area!

  8. Beautiful shots. The area is lush.

  9. Unas estupendas y magníficas imágenes.... Un saludo desde Murcia.

  10. I've not heard of these...but they're all great birds....that red shouldered cuckooshrike

    Oh, and the name of the reserve "Born Free" is so great.

    And, thanks for sharing the link today at I'd Rather B Birdin'

  11. born awesome name for a place like this!! beautiful captures, the lion is a really great image!!

  12. the birds are great, but I loved the look of that monkey. :)

  13. A wonderful post... your images are fantastic.

  14. A great post with so many wonderful pictures. I can't pick a favourite.

  15. An amazing day for wildlife and birds ... All so exotic to me. That monkey is so cute. And the magnificent lion, so sad it is almost extinct though.

  16. What fabulous photos! The Ethiopian lion is gorgeous.

  17. This is a pretty epic Flycatcher. The face is so distinct. I envy all the wonderful birds you were able to see while on this trip.


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