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Syria at a glance

Main prey for wolves here are livestock, carrion (dead animals) and small wildlife.

This paper on the carnivores of Syria offers insight into the nation’s wolf population.

(Wolves are) the last carnivore of large dimensions still dispersed in the region, albeit seriously threatened with extinction (cf. Shalmon 2004). … According to F. Al-Yassine (1994, pers. comm.), wolves were present but rare in the mountains of Sho.h and north of Ifreen, whereas Abu Mazen (1994, pers. comm.) claimed they were also present in the Alawit Mountains (Bab Jann.). In April 1994, three live individuals were observed in the zoological garden at Douma, originating respectively from Jabal Deir ez-Zor, Mayadin and Abu Kamal. At that time, the species appeared to be still dispersed in eastern Syria.

Species Information

Common Name: gray wolf
Latin Name: Canis lupus

Subspecies 1
Common Name:
Latin Name: Canis lupus lupus

Subspecies 2
Common Name:
Latin Name: Canis lupus pallipes

Current Wolf Population, Trend, Status
Number of wolves: About 200
Population trend: Decreasing
Legal protection: No protection

This page was last updated in 2020.

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