Walia ibex are the national symbol of Ethiopia. Once widespread, they have been forced by human predation to occupy a marginal niche habitat on the sheer cliffs of Ethiopia's mountains.

Experts discuss how humans cannot get to the cliffs and, as the last habitat of the walia ibex, the cliffs must therefore be protected.

This clip is from:
Bitesize Secondary, Darwin
First broadcast:
11 March 2009

Students could conduct further research into the walia ibex, finding information on its habitat and how it has adapted to this habitat in order to survive. Students could also find information on its characteristics, food source and predators. This information could then be used to write an informative report on the animal, or to create an information leaflet.

Alternatively, students could explore other animals which have adapted to their habitat. Ask students to explore how the physical and behavioural characteristics adapt to ensure survival. Working in small groups, each group could be assigned an animal well adapted to its environment, for example a camel, giraffe or polar bear. They could then complete a table detailing where this animal lives, what it eats, its behavioural adaptations, its physical adaptations and in a final column how these adaptations help them to survive.