The Wolf Intelligencer


China – 中国


Sanjiangyuan National Park (SNP) 三江源; ‘Source of Three Rivers’)

Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)
Eurasion Wolf (Canis lupus lupus)
Tibetan Wolf (Canis lupus filchneri)
Mongolian Wolf (Canis lupus chanco)
(Canis lupus desertorum)
The geographical distribution of grey wolves (Canis lupus) in China: a systematic review

Population Statistics [? Unknown. Around 10,000]

Legal Status; Protected. Class Ii . List of Wild Animals Under State Priority Conservation. Harming the listed species carried hefty fines of up to 100,000 RMB ($15,500).
In 2000, China’s inclusion of wolves in the new National List of Beneficial to Protect or Economically and Scientifically Important Terrestrial Animals

国家林业局 – 中国政府网
State Forestry Administration P.R.China

山水自然保护中心| 给自然家园的守护者以力量
World Wildlife Fund (Beijing, China)

News Resources & Publications


Wolf and Wildlife News from China

Journal Articles

Construction of a human-wildlife spatial interaction index in the Three-River Source Region, China. Ma B, Xie Y, Zhang T, Zeng W, Xue Y.Ecological Indicators. 2021 Oct


f today’s rapid economic development and increasingly strict ecological protection, interactions between humans and wildlife will intensify. Therefore, we need to identify the spatial distribution of such interactions and to take measures to mitigate possible negative interactions. Using the Three-Rivers Source Region as a case study, we combined species habitat suitability, species feeding habits, species conservation levels and human impact intensity to construct a “human-wildlife spatial interaction index” (HWSII) to evaluate the intensity of human-wildlife spatial interactions. The overall level of HWSII was relatively low in the Three-River Source Region. Higher potential human-wildlife interactions occurred in areas with roads and railways. Areas of relatively high interactions between carnivores and livestock were mainly located in the southern part of the study area, and those with relatively high interactions between herbivores and livestock appeared in the western and eastern parts. Managers in these areas should consider mitigation measures. Although developed for a specific region of China, the ‘human-wildlife spatial interaction index’ could have application in other areas of the world for setting a baseline reference to identify areas with the potential for high levels of human-wildlife interactions and pinpoint places where potential negative interactions can be mitigated.

Zhou JQ, Xiao LG, Wang XG. Camera-trapping survey of mammals and birds in the Gongga Mountain National Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China. Biodiversity Science. 2021 Mar

Divergent tree radial growth at alpine coniferous forest ecotone and corresponding responses to climate change in northwestern China. Wang X, Yang B. Ecological Indicators 2021 Feb

Li S. Development progress and outlook of the wildlife camera-trapping networks in China. Biodiversity Science. 2020 Dec

Major Regional Grasslands in China L Li, J Chen, X Han, W Zhang, C Shao – Grassland Ecosystems of China, 2020 Sep

Hypercarnivorous teeth and healed injuries to Canis chihliensis from Early Pleistocene Nihewan beds, China, support social hunting for ancestral wolves. Tong H, Chen X, Zhang B, Rothschild B, White S, Balisi M, Wang X. PeerJ. 2020 Sep

Retreat of large carnivores across the giant panda distribution range, Sheng Li, William J. McShea, Dajun Wang, Xiaodong Gu, Xiaofeng Zhang, Li Zhang & Xiaoli Shen, Nature Ecology & Evolution 2020 Aug

Variation in group sizes of sympatric wild yak, Tibetan wild ass and Tibetan antelope in Arjin Shan National Nature Reserve of Xinjiang Province, China. Shi J, Li X, Lu F, Zhuge H, Dong S. Global Ecology and Conservation. 2019 Aug

Genomic approaches reveal an endemic sub-population of gray wolves in Southern China;  GD Wang, M Zhang, X Wang, MA Yang, P Cao, F Liu… – bioRxiv, 2019

Human-Wildlife Conflict Pattern and Suggested Mitigation Strategy in the Pamirs of Northwestern China; J Wang, P Damerell, K Shi, P Riordan, K Zhu… – Rangeland Ecology & …, 2019

The geographical distribution of grey wolves (Canis lupus) in China: a systematic review
LWYPMA Qi, JZYPZ Peter, GD SAVOLAINEN – Zoological Research, 2016

Human wildlife conflict involving large carnivores in Qilianshan, China and the minimal paw-print of snow leopards J Alexander, P Chen, P Damerell, W Youkui… – Biological …, 2015

Local villagers’ perceptions of wolves in Jiuzhaigou County, western China. Xu Y, Yang B, Dou L. PeerJ. 2015 Jun

Dietary overlap of snow leopard and other carnivores in the Pamirs of Northwestern China J Wang, A Laguardia, PJ Damerell, P Riordan… – Chinese Science …, 2014