Head and body: 84–101cm; tail: 27–40cm.
Slim, long-legged canid with a mainly russet coat, a white belly, chest and chin, and a dark, bushy tail.
Chiefly rodents such as giant mole, grass, vlei and brush-furred rats; also takes Ethiopian highland hares, goose eggs and carrion.
Sexually mature at two years. Female gives birth to 2–6 pups October–January after 60-day gestation.
Grasslands and heathlands at altitudes over 3,000m.
Endangered; population estimate: fewer than 450.