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Tracking the Himalayan Wolf

"In today's explored world, it is indeed a rare event to discover a new species of mammal, especially that of a large carnivore. When this happens to be a wolf- the most studied of the Carnivores- the discovery is as thrilling as it is surprising. The Indian wolves, which were in plain sight, yet whose origins were elusive to scientists, are the source of this surprise to wolf biologists throughout the world."

....Yadvendra Jhalla and D. Sharma.

The Himalayan wolf found in the Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh is dated back to over 8,00,000 years and is the oldest surviving species of wolves in the world. Spiti provides a great opportunity of exploration and chance to witness one of the oldest surviving living species in this breathless vastness. The Himalayan Wolf (Canis lupus chanco), locally called Shanku has its prime habitat inside the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary and as mentioned has been living here for the past 8,00,000 years. Having lived in this region for so long, Spiti definitely belongs to the wolf before anyone else can lay claim over it. This experience is an opportunity to venture into the habitats of this extremely evolved predator to get a glimpse of the relationships that it shares with its surrounding locales. The larger goal is to be able to ensure that the strained human wildlife relationship is pacified and the locals shown the value in trying to conserve this critically endangered species of wildlife, so unique to this part of the world.

TRIP ESSENTIALS:

Duration - 15 Days
Mode of Travel - Jeep, Trekking
Accommodation - Traditional Homestays, Guesthouse/ Hotel, Wilderness Camping
Highest Point - Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary above 5000 mts.
Highest Village - Komik (4513 mts).
Season - May to August.

 
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