Ethiopia's troubles over the last few decades, including population displacement and wars, have taken their toll of wild life – for big game it is necessary to go to the Omo and Mago parks in the south, or to Gambella, and even here sightings cannot be guaranteed. In Awash Park and the area around Village Ethiopia's lodge at Bilen different plains animals may be seen, including greater and lesser Kudu, Gerenuk and Dikdik. In the Bale National Park various endemic animals can easily be seen, such as Mountain Nyala, Simien Wolf and Menelik's Bush buck.
African Parks recently signed agreements with the Ethiopian government to lease national parks, the first being Nech Sar in Southern Region. The agreements include plans for rehabilitation and restocking, but it will be some time before results will be seen.