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Himalayan Wolf

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:33 am
by Songdog
The Himalayan Wolf is a critically endangered species that resides in small parts of India, Kashmir, and into China and Mongolia. The Himalayan Wolf is a newly recognized species, though based on genetic research, it may be a new distinct species (which may explain why the Himalayan Wolf, who has shared territory range with the Indian Wolf, has never bred with Indian Wolves)
The future of the Himalayan wolf is uncertain at best. Up until recently, it wasn't known that the Himalayan wolf differs genetically from other wolves. Recent studies have estimated the population to be only 350 individuals. These wolves are viewed as a menace to local farmers and ranchers and in turn are killed because they are unprotected. Therefore, it is imperative that these animals become protected because they represent the oldest extant lineage of any species of wolf on the planet. The species is estimated to be 800,000 years old which is twice as old as the North American Gray wolf at 400,000 years old.
18 Himalayan wolves are being bred in captivity. They were captured in the wild, as one of the threatened species was found with the snow leopard and are now being preserved in the Trans-Himalayan region of India, the Darjeeling Zoo in Shiwalik Hills on the lower range of the Himalaya in West Bengal, and in the Kufri Zoo with Kufri Himalayan National Park located in Himachal Pradesh province . In 2004, larger groups of Himalyan wolves were spotted in the Spiti valley. The total population evaluates for 21 individuals in four of the Zoological Parks of India
Source: Wikipedia

Re: Himalayan Wolf

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:32 pm
by SnapBanditWolf
wow!could it be related to the extinct hokkaido wolf?

Re: Himalayan Wolf

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:36 pm
by Blindseer
I doubt it, hokaido is an island in japan.

though technically all canids are related through a common ancestor.

Re: Himalayan Wolf

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:55 pm
by Songdog
SnapBanditWolf wrote:wow!could it be related to the extinct hokkaido wolf?
As I said, it may be its own distinct species; studies of their genetics are incomplete.

As Blindseer said, all canines are technically related. If you mean to say a close relation, I doubt it. Japan is far from the areas where the Himalayan Wolf inhabit. Also, the wolves of Japan 'evolved'/adapted through what is called "island dwarfing". Meaning, that because the island was small with little resources, the animals there were also small in comparison. (Not to be confused with Island Giantism, which has the opposite effect)

Re: Himalayan Wolf

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 2:27 pm
by SnapBanditWolf
ok never mind, like all silly silly people (and i hate admitting this) i sometimes confuse the whereabouts of japan and china *bangs head on wall* gotta stop doing that cos i've stared at japanese maps for hours on end. thx for the reminder

Re: Himalayan Wolf

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 2:55 pm
by pawnee
thats so cool! but just a word of caution, I wouldn`t believe everything on Wiki...as anyone and everyone can cut and paste propaganda and slogans on there. Is there another source that states the same thing?

Re: Himalayan Wolf

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:19 pm
by Songdog

Re: Himalayan Wolf

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:40 pm
by pawnee
thanks! BBC make good wildlife documentaries. I just have a thing with wiki...but thanks for posting this.

Re: Himalayan Wolf

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:43 pm
by Vida
Thanks for posting this ^^. I actually haven't heard of the Himalayan wolf before.

Re: Himalayan Wolf

Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:47 pm
by WildFire
wow, I have never heard of the Himalayan wolf, but I'm going to check up on them some more :mrgreen:

Re: Himalayan Wolf

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:46 pm
by shadowwolf2234
Thanks SongDog for posting this, I have never heard of a Himalayan Wolf I have to go read some more on it. xD

Re: Himalayan Wolf

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:59 pm
by Sula
I have never heard of them either i learned somthing new they sound pretty cool

Re: Himalayan Wolf

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:03 pm
by Fenris
Its wierd how one of the most oldest wolf types has only just been found. But then again wolves are shy.

Re: Himalayan Wolf

Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:29 pm
by Samber
i hope there numbers go back up :(

Re: Himalayan Wolf

Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:13 pm
by WildFire
I looked at some pictures, and they are really pretty :shock: