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National Parks
Semien Mountains National Park
Bale Mountains National Park
Awash National Park
Abijata and Shall National Park
Mago National Park
Omo National Park
Nech Sar National Park
Gambella National Park
Yangudi Ras Sanctuary
Babille wildlife Sanctuary
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Omo National Park
Located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region on the west bank of the Omo River, the park covers approximately 4,068 square kilometers, about 870 kilometers southwest of Addis Ababa; across the Omo is the Mago National Park. Although an airstrip was recently built near the park headquarters on the Mui River, this park is not easily reachable.

The lower reaches of the Omo River were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, after the discovery of the earliest known fossil fragments of Homo Sapiens that have been dated circa 195,000 years old. The Mursi, Suri, Nyangatom, Dizi and Me'en are reported in danger of displacement and/or denial of access to their traditional grazing and agricultural land.