Experts from Iranian Cheetah Society have reported that a rare melanistic grey wolf had been photographed in Anguran WR, Zanjan. Previously, there were sporadic reports of black wolf sightings across the country but it is the first time that the rare morph is recorded by a photo. The image of the unusual animal was captured by a camera trap in Anguran Wildlife Refuge, in the western province of Zanjan.

This research, in partnership with the Zanjan Department of Environment (DoE) is part of lynx research to reveal some basic knowledge of ecology and status of the cryptic cat in Iran. ICS is applying camera traps as a key component of the research, as individual lynx can be identified by their unique coat patterns resulting in minimum population estimates. The photographic