Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Canidae

Genus: Canis

Species: Canis lupus

 

Native Habitat

Grey wolves used to be found in the majority of the Northern Hemisphere. However, they now live only in remote areas of Canada, Alaska, the Northern United States and parts of Europe and Asia.

Characteristics

Wolves are the largest of the Canidae family, with males weighing between 30 - 80 kg and females between 23 - 55 kg. Their coat colour can range from black to white, often with hints of red or grey. They can live up to 8 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity. 

Diet

As grey wolves hunt in packs, they are able to take on prey larger than themselves, such as moose, deer and bison. However, wolves are not picky eaters and will eat anything from berries to salmon.

Conservation

The International Union for Conservation for Nature lists grey wolves as a species of  Least Concern.

 
 
 
 
 

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