Webinar – Unraveling the Evolutionary History of Wolves in South and Central Asia


On November 3, 2021 the Wolf Conservation Center hosted a free webinar, “Unraveling the Evolutionary History of Wolves in South and Central Asia,” with Lauren Hennelly, a doctoral student with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s Mammalian Ecology Conservation Unit. Attendees learned about Indian and Tibetan wolves, their evolutionarily distinct lineages, and the urgent need to conserve them.

Findings from Hennelly’s recent study, which features the first whole genome sequences of Indian wolves, have significant conservation implications, especially regarding the Indian wolf, which represents one of the world’s most endangered and oldest wolf lineages. Fewer than 3,000 remain today.

Lauren Hennelly is a PhD candidate in the Mammalian Ecology and Conservation Unit at University of California, Davis. She has been studying gray wolves in Asia for over 8 years with a focus on wolves in India and Pakistan.

The Wolf Conservation Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental education organization committed to conserving wolf populations in North America through science-based education programming and participation in the federal Species Survival Plans for the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf and red wolf. Through wolves, the WCC teaches the broader message of conservation, ecological balance, and personal responsibility for improved human stewardship of our World.

For more information about wolves and the WCC’s participation in wolf recovery, please visit www.nywolf.org.

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