Wolf is the largest member of the Canidae family. This family includes domestic dogs, coyotes, dingoes, foxes etc. They use spine-tingling howl to communicate with each other. Canis lupus is the scientific name for wolves. They are social animals and generally live in packs. The number of members in these packs can vary from 2 to 30. They are also extremely territorial and generally chose their territory far more than they need for survival. The wolf is an ultimate predator and sits on the top of the food chain. They are only threatened by people.
Fast Facts: –
- Wolves generally prefer larger preys like deer but sometimes they can settle for smaller preys like rabbits as well.
- Their average life span in wild is 6 to 8 years. In captivity, they can live longer.
- Wolves have thick fur that helps them to survive in various climates.
- They are not aggressive animals until it comes to hunting for food.
- Wolfs are naturally afraid of unfamiliar things and they hide.
- The red wolf is believed to be a crossbreed of Grey wolf and coyote.
- Wolves have around 200 million different scent cells. They can smell any other animal 1 mile away.
- They have massive jaws bearing 42 teeth. Their teeth are specialized for stabbing, tearing, and crunching bones.
- They can communicate with each by a variety of ways like leaving scent marks, vocalizations, and facial expression.
- The Grey wolf is known as the Timber Wolf in North America and the White Wolf in the Arctic region.
- Wolves are monogamous. Once they find a mate, they will stay together for life.
- Their mating season is winters. They generally breed in the month of January and February.
- Female wolves have a gestation period of 63 days.