Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary

Travel to Yabello Sanctuary – Prime Bird Watching Location

Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and wildlife sanctuary in southern Ethiopia. It is located in the Borena Zone of the Oromia Region, west of the town of Yabelo

Yabelo, also spelled Yavello and Iavello, is located northwest of Moyale in the Borena Zone of the Oromia Region. An alternative name for this town is Obda, referring to a nearby mountain.

Yabelo was entered by the Italian Laghi Division on 11 July 1936, but more formally occupied on 6 August 1936 by troops under the command of Giorgio Pollera. Yabelo was occupied by the Allies two days after the armored assault on 22 February 1941.

The higher part of the sanctuary used to be covered with Juniperus procera and Olea europaea cuspidata forest. However, only a few patches remain, most of the trees having been cut and the wood taken for construction and other purposes.

Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary is known as a habitat of birds and Swayne’s Hartebeest. However, other wildlife that you may spot here includes ostrich and big cats.


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