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Himalayan Wolf

  • Context (DTE): IUCN conducted the first-ever assessment of Himalayan Wolf.
  • The Himalayan Wolf is a prominent lupine predator found across the Himalayas.
  • It is thought to be the ancestor of the domestic dog.
  • They are genetically distinct from grey wolves.


  • They can be found living in Ladakh in the Himalayas, the Tibetan Plateau, and the mountains of Central Asia predominantly above 4,000 m (13,000 ft) in elevation.
  • Living at such high altitudes, these wolves have genetically adapted themselves to live in low oxygen (hypoxic) conditions.
  • They generally avoid dense forests and deep snow zones.

Physical description

  • Himalayan wolves are light tan in color and have grey shades on their body.
  • Some wolves of this species have white or black shades around the face or along the chest.
  • It is larger than the Indian and common European wolves.


  • This carnivore preys upon larger mammals to rodents, birds or even crabs etc.

Conservation Status


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