A group of researchers have recorded two new species of mammals from Upper Mustang. The steppe polecat (Mustela eversmanii) and The Tibetan wolf (Canis lupus chanco). Both species are found elsewhere, this is the first time they’ve been recorded from Nepal. They were found over a span of two months, using camera trapping, as per the report of Nature trust for Nature Conservation.

1.The Steppe Polecat (Mustela eversmanii), also known as the white or masked polecat, is a carnivore species of the family Mustelidae native to Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Conservation status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Range : The species has been recorded steppes and semi-desert areas of eastern Europe and Asia.
Diet : Steppe pole cat is a carnivore found, mostly, feeding upon Squirrel, Hamsters, Marmots and Pika’s. Steppe cat help to control rodent population.


Steppe Polecat

Photo via zooinstitutes.com

2.The Tibetan Wolf (Canis lupus chanco), also known as the woolly wolf, is a gray wolf subspecies native to Asia.

Conservation Status : Least Concern (IUCN)
Range : The Tibetan wolf has been recorded in central China, Mongolia, Tibet, south-western Russia.
Diet : The Tibetan Wolf feeds upon Deer, Blue sheep, and other large mammals, ma also feed upon smaller animals like marmots, hares, ground squirrel, and mice. The wolf can reach speeds up to 40 mph.


Tibetan wolf
Tibetan Wolf

Tibetan wolf (Canis lupus chanco) by Jenn. S.