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Himalayan Wolf

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Recent News
IUCN Assessment
Classified as Vulnerable
Threat to Snow Leopards
Return to Nepal’s Himalayas
When
2018 Study
Confirmed as unique clade
2024 News
IUCN's first assessment
Why
Genetic Uniqueness
Adapted to high altitudes
Predation Conflict
With livestock
What
Distribution
China, India
Conservation Status
IUCN: Vulnerable
CITES: Appendix I
Wildlife Protection Act: Schedule I
Threats
Illegal hunting
Habitat loss
Hybridisation with dogs
Where
Habitat
Himalayas, Tibetan Plateau
Who
Geraldine Werhahn
Led research
How
Research Methods
Collecting wolf scat
Genetic analysis
Significance
Unique Adaptations
High-altitude survival
Challenges
Human Conflict
Livestock predation
Environmental Threats
Habitat modification
Way Forward
Protection Measures
Secure wild prey populations
Improve livestock guarding
Manage feral dog populations
Trans-boundary conservation efforts
Research
Continued study of genetics

The Himalayan Wolf, recently classified as ‘Vulnerable’ by the IUCN, is a unique species native to the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau. A 2018 study first identified it as a genetically distinct clade, adapted for survival in high-altitude, low-oxygen environments. Researchers, led by Geraldine Werhahn, have been collecting and analyzing wolf scat for genetic studies. These wolves face threats from illegal hunting, habitat loss, and hybridization with dogs. They also conflict with local communities due to livestock predation. Conservation efforts focus on securing wild prey populations, improving livestock guarding methods, managing feral dog populations, and trans-boundary conservation initiatives. The Himalayan Wolf’s unique genetic adaptations for high-altitude survival highlight its ecological significance and the need for continued research and protective measures.

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