The Tibetan wolf is one of the 38 subspecies of gray wolf and is often considered to be the same as the
|Scientific Name||Canis lupus filchneri|
|Description||Size: 58-65 in (147-165 cm) |
Weight: 65-70 lb (29.4-31.74 kg)
Color: Earthy brown body, yellow to white belly and face
|Distribution||Tibetan plateau, Xichang , Qinghai, and Gansu of China|
|Sounds & communication||Howls|
|Diet||Domestic sheep, mountain sheep, wild yaks, domestic goats, antelopes, and Thorold’s deer|
|Adaptations||Its physical feature is good for adapting in the high-altitude areas. The fur makes the wolf survive in the chilly zones.|
|IUCN Conservation Status||Not listed|
- They live in groups known as pack.
- They are not territorial per say.
Mating & Reproduction
The mating occurs between the alpha male and female of a pack during spring as this is the breeding season. After a gestation period of two months, the female wolf gives birth to 4-6 pups.
Young pups weigh around 1 lb and they are taken care of by the mother wolf for around 2-3 months. They come out of the den after 3-4 weeks of birth. They reach sexual maturity at the age of 2.
- Despite being considered same with the Himalayan wolf, the two types of wolves have different scientific name.
- It is often considered as Mongolian wolf as well.
- Since some wolf species live nearby, scientists hope for a natural cross-breeding in the wild.