The 13th African Small Mammal Symposium (ASMS)

September 16-21, 2019

Mekelle University, Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia

Mekelle City

Basics

  • Founded in the 13th
  • Has been the political capital of Ethiopia during the time of Emperor Yohannes IV between 1872-89.
  • Now the political, economic and educational capital of the Tigray Region (Province).
  • The 3rd largest city in Ethiopia with a population of about 400,000 inhabitants.
  • Mekelle sits at 2,254 m (7,395 ft) elevation, close to the edge of the northern portion of the Ethiopian Rift Valley, on a Jurassic limestone plateau.
  • The two major landmarks in the city are the martyrs’ memorial monument and the castle of Emperor Yohannes IV (now serves as a museum).
  • Popular hotels: Axum Hotel; Planet Hotel; Desta Hotel; Atse Yohannes Hotel; Milano Hotel.
  • Regular flight connection with Addis Ababa

Weather

  • Annual rainfall about 530 mm (20.8 inches).
  • Monthly Tem and PPT:
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)23
(73)
24
(75)
25
(77)
26
(79)
27
(81)
27
(81)
23
(73)
23
(73)
25
(77)
24
(75)
23
(73)
22
(72)
24
(76)
Average low °C (°F)16
(61)
17
(63)
18
(64)
19
(66)
20
(68)
20
(68)
18
(64)
17
(63)
18
(64)
17
(63)
16
(61)
15
(59)
18
(64)
Average rainfall mm (inches)36
(1.4)
10
(0.4)
30
(1)
46
(1.8)
36
(1.4)
30
(1.2)
201
(7.9)
216
(8.5)
36
(1.4)
10
(0.4)
30
(1)
41
(1.6)
722
(28)

Source: Weatherbase