Diverse: Forests, Grasslands and Mountains
Forest and Mountain Terrain
7-8 years in the wild. 12 years or more in captivity.
2-3 feet tall at shoulder and 3-5 feet in length
- Grey Wolves are carnivores and will eat 20 to 30 pounds of meat in one meal, but have also been known to go up to 14 days between meals with no ill effects.
- There are five subspecies of gray wolves in North America. Their coat colors can range from pure white to brown, gray, cinnamon or black.
- Wolf pups are born blind and deaf, and must be cared for until they mature at around ten months of age.
- Grey wolves travel in packs of four to seven, led by alphas—the mother and father wolves that track, hunt and choose dens for the pups or younger subordinate wolves. Wolves often mate for life
Grey wolves are the largest wild members of the dog family. Males are usually larger than females. They have silvery grey-brown backs, light tan and cream underparts, and long bushy tails. The fur can be any shade of gray, brown, black, white, or tan. In winter, their fur becomes darker on the neck, shoulders, and rump. Grey wolves are territorial and live in packs lead by the alpha pair. A pack of 6 to 8 wolves includes some of the alpha pair's offspring and may include some unrelated wolves. Grey wolves communicate with each other through howling, body language and scent. Howling is used to assemble the pack, communicate with other packs, and assert territorial boundaries.
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Canidae Genus: Canis Species: C. Lupus