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Iran at a glance

Main prey for wolves here are gazelle, deer, wild boar, mountain sheep and livestock.

The Endangered Wolf Center shares this information on their website:

“The Iranian wolf prominently featured in popular literature such as Rudyard Kipling’s, The Jungle Book, once ranged from the Middle East across Asia. This beautiful and unique animal is also referred to as the Indian or Asiatic wolf.

A subspecies of the gray wolf, the Iranian is smaller than its counterparts in Northern Europe and America. Standing 18 to 30 inches tall at the shoulder, Iranian wolves weigh between 55 to 70 pounds.”

Species Information

Common Name: gray wolf
Latin Name: Canis lupus

Subspecies 1
Common Name: desert wolf
Latin Name: Canis lupus pallipes

Subspecies 2
Common Name:
Latin Name: Canis lupus cubanensis

Current Wolf Population, Trend, Status
Number of wolves: More than 1,000
Population trend: Unknown
Legal protection: The wolf is a game species

Most recent wolf data available: 2007

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