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Tibetan wolf

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Tibetan wolf
Scientific Classification
scientific name

Canus lupus chanco

The Tibetan wolf' is a subspecies of the Gray wolf known by the scientific name Canus lupas chanco. This wolf is an amazing creature and is considered endangered because of poaching with is illegally hunting an animal. Poaching has killed over 33 percent of the population. This wolf also is one of the few animals that mate for life like people because in each pack only the alpha male and alpha female are aloud to mate up until the new alpha male is selected then the cycle repeats. God has created thee creatures with a thick durable coat to protect them in the winter and is one of the smallest wolves but can grow to a size of 58 to 65 inches. the Tibetan wolf lives in Russia, Mongolia, Tibet, China, Manchuria, and parts of India and Nepal but loves to hide and live in the mountains of each of these which is why it is uncommon to see them in civil areas.

Body Design

Canus Lupus Chanco fur photographer:steffiheufelder

The Tibetan wolf is a smaller wolf species that can grow to the size of 58 to 65 inches from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail, 27 to 30 inches high and normally weighing around 65 to 70 pounds at adulthood. These wolves are slightly larger and have shorter legs than the common European wolf, their skull is also quite similar with the European wolves but the Tibetan wolves have a longer thinner snouts. This wolf has a long and shaggy coat which seasonally changes in color but is usually a mix of white, yellow, brown, grey,[2] the back and tail are a verity of back and white contour hairs that are most noticeable on their back, the hairs that are below the contour hair are wool like down hairs.[1]

Life Cycle

the Tibetan wolf reaches maturity at about two years of age. Their mating season is in the spring, around two to four months later their babies are born and there are about four to six of them and these are the only pups that will be born in this pack this mating season, because in order to maintain the strength of the pack only the alpha, which is the leader of the pack, and the alpha female are aloud to mate. The mother raises the pups for as long as two to three months but only three weeks after they are born they will leave the den, but only after the mom is done raising then then they go out and join the adult in hunting. These wolves hunt day and night, either in a pack or alone. Their diet consist of deer, blue sheep, and any other large animal they can catch but when food is hard to catch or lacking the will hunt mice squirrels even birds and other small rodents.[3]

After they leave the den and begin hunting on their own they become full omegas, the lowest rank in the pack, and most will remain at this level in the pack their whole lives but if the currant alpha is killed the next in like such as the oldest of the pups will fill his place even though they don't form large packs.[4]


Tibetan mountains where some of these wolves reside.

this wolf can be found in Russia, Mongolia, Tibet, China, Manchuria, and parts of India and Nepal and mostly hides in the mountains of each of these places because they don't enjoy to see humans and when they do they typically run away, these animals enjoy to be were it's cold typically because of their thick mangy coat, they are not nocturnal but rest during the heat of the day . these animals are endangered because of how many are killed by farmers and ranchers protecting their animals and crop. these wolves relied heavily on life stalk to eat and when the numbers started to die down so did the wolves and at one point there was a huge famine for the wolves.

There are some conservation method such as the tag certain packs ears to show farmers it is illegal to shoot that wolf and they also put tracking chips in some wolves to monitor were the wolves go and if one stops moving for too long they can get an idea on that killed it and if it was a farmer they will get an idea of who did it.[5]

These animals can reach up to 40 mph. and are a huge part in Tibetan leopard numbers falling, more importantly it threatens the Tibetan life stalk population and has reduced the population at about 60 percent and they don't often associate with humans. There are some reports of people being killed in Ladakh and Lahoul, but in 1928 in Korea it was reported that these wolves killed more humans than tigers, leopards, and bears put together.[4]


Tibetan Wolf Facts video by: howl to heaven


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  2. Tibetan wolf information "Tibetan wolf" .web. accessed January 1,2017. author unknown.
  3. The Tibetan Wolf The Tibetan Wolf .web. accessed January 4, 2016. author unknown.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Tibetan wolves. Wolf Worlds web. Published January 21,2014. Unknown Author.
  5. TibetanWolf Tibetan wolf .web. last modified on February 08, 2014. author unknown.