Himalayan Wolves: Taxonomy, Ecology, and Consequences for Conservation

On December 12, 2019, the Wolf Conservation Center offered a free webinar with Geraldine Werhahn on the Himalayan wolf - the evolutionarily unique canid adapted to life on the world's tallest mountain range!

The Himalayan wolf is an evolutionarily distinct wolf lineage found in the high-altitude habitats of the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau in Asia. This wolf lineage has been largely overlooked until recently by science and conservation. But we are now learning based on the wide evidence that they deserve taxonomic recognition and require conservation action. In this webinar the latest insights around the evolutionary history of these wolves and their unique genetic adaptation to cope with the harsh conditions at high altitudes was presented along with insights into their foraging ecology and conservation needs.

About The Speaker:

Geraldine Werhahn is a canid conservation scientist with a special focus on the Himalayan wolf of the Asian high-altitudes. She received her Master’s in Science of Biology in 2011 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland and recently completed her doctorate with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford (UK) with her research around the phylogeny and ecology of the Himalayan wolf.

Visit Himalayan Wolves Project to learn more.