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.
Students could be encouraged to describe how the ibex has adapted to live on the sheer cliffs including physiological and behavioural adaptations. They could investigate how the ibex makes use of the resources in its ecosystem and how it interacts with other organisms. Discuss the relationship between the ibex and humans and debate what could or should be done to protect the species.