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The habitat of the Walia Ibex is the High Semien, Ethiopia dramatic high mountain terrain. In the earth long history of violent geographical change, the most recent volcanic upheavals took place in eastern Africa, followed by torrential rains which created the thousand gushing waterfalls which in turn eroded away the newly formed mountain massive, creating the great gorges and gully which are so typical of the region. South west of Axum the land descends gradually southwards toward the Takeze river. At the lip of the gorge at about 1,400 metres (4,600 ft.) one can look across the chasm to a similar plateau beyond. On top of this plateau, adorned with steep turrets and bastions rising in three distinct steps, is perched the north wall of the Semyen.