The Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society is an independent membership based Society, legally established in Ethiopia in September 1966. EWNHS is a not-for-profit grassroots indigenous national-level conservation NGO, one of the most prominent in Ethiopia advocating for wise use and conservation of biodiversity, natural resources and environment. His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie used to be the Patron of the Society. As the oldest non-governmental environmental conservation organization in Ethiopia, EWNHS has played decisive roles in the appreciation and conservation of the natural heritage of the country for almost five decades. EWNHS has been reregistered and licensed as an Ethiopian Residents Charity in December 2009 by the Agency established to manage Charities and Societies in accordance with the Charities and Societies Proclamation No. 621/2009.
It has been endowed with a certificate of legal registration bearing the number 0720 as official charity number. EWNHS is the designated BirdLife Partner in Ethiopia, making it part of the world’s largest international network dedicated to the conservation of the planet’s birds. Accordingly, it shares and is striving to meet the four core pillars of conservation objectives of BirdLife International Partnership: Saving species, protecting sites, conserving habitats and empowering and improving the livelihoods of people. As a BirdLife Partner, EWNHS represents the bird conservation of Ethiopia nationally and across the world and has access to the many resources the Partnership provides its members, including scientific support and institutional development.