Tim writes: Imagine seeing a wild wolf loping across the countryside when he stops about 40m away and stares right into your eyes. It sent shivers down my spine and is one of my most enjoyable wildlife experiences ever. I have seen wolves on a number of occasions before, but this one was a particularly handsome individual, in fantastic condition, in the sunshine, which added up to being my best wolf sighting.
Wolves are the largest member of the dog family and have a wide, global distribution across much of North America and Eurasia, yet the total population is only c300,000 which indicates that they occur at low density. I photographed this one at c3500m high on the Tibetan Plateau in Sichuan, China.