A Rare Sighting of the Indian Wolf at Tadoba, Maharashtra

Narayan Malu
Narayan Malu

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Increasing human population pressure, land development and changing land use patterns have resulted in shrinkage of the former range of the wolf, as well as its local extirpation from several former ranges.

For several years now the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) has been in the limelight for its tigers. Tourists visit the park in hordes to fulfil their dream of seeing a wild tiger. However, this forest has much more to offer.

During a visit to TATR on 21st November 2016, I was very surprised to spot an Indian Wolf (Canis lupus pallipes). It was early in the morning and light was low but I managed a few images.

Apparently this is the first recorded sighting of a wolf inside the protected area of Tadoba and we are not sure from where and how it ventured into the forest. The Indian wolf’s prime habitat preference is grasslands interspersed with scrub jungle. 

The Indian wolf is protected under Schedule 1 of the the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. It is also listed in the Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Increasing human population pressure, land development and changing land use patterns have resulted in shrinkage of the former range of the wolf, as well as its local extirpation from several former ranges.



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