June 19, 2019

The first Indian grey wolf to be seen in Bangladesh in eight decades has been beaten to death by farmers after preying on their livestock, wildlife experts. The grey wolf was last seen in Bangladesh in 1949, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


  • Scientific Name: Canis lupus pallipes.

  • What is it? It is a subspecies of grey wolf.

  • Description: It is intermediate in size between the Tibetan and Arabian wolf, and lacks the former's luxuriant winter coat due to it living in warmer conditions.

  • Habitat: it inhabits semi-arid and arid areas.

  • Distribution:
    • It has a wide distribution range that extends from the Indian subcontinent to Israel.

    • There are about 3,000 of the animals in India, some in captivity.

    • They disappeared from their habitat in north and northwest Bangladesh in the 1940s.

  • Conservation status:
    • The IUCN Redlist considering the wide distribution range of the subspecies has listed it as a species of least concern.

    • However, the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972 in view of the threats faced by the animal across its range in India places it in Schedule I Part I.

Source : The Hindu