Arabian Wolf (Canis lupus arabs)
The Arabian wolf is a small, desert adapted subspecies of grey wolf which was once found throughout the Arabian Peninsula, but now only lives in small pockets in Southern Israel, Oman, Yemen, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and probably in some places Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.
*Typically weigh 40 pounds.
*Their ears are proportionately larger in relation to body size when compared to other subspecies, an adaptation needed to disperse body heat.
*Arabian wolves do not live in large packs, hunting instead in pairs or in groups of about three to four animals.
*It is not known to howl.
*The middle two toes of their paws are fused, a trait originally thought unique to the African Wild Dog.
*Is the most likely wolf anscestor of the domestic dog (according to The Domestic Dog; it's evolution, behaviour and interactions with people
by James Serpell)
*Is the wolf most likely encountered and mentioned in The Torah and The Bible.
There is now a growing band of us, who came to the African bush with all our prejudices, with all that 'common knowledge' about hyenas which proved so totally wrong, and who just fell for the spell of animals which were so totally different- Hans Kruuk