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Grey Wolf

Range:

North America, Europe, Asia, and Middle East.


Habitat:

Forest, taiga, tundra, deserts, plains, and mountains


Characteristics:

Coats are usually grey to tawny-buff, but varies from white through red and brown to black; underside is pale.


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Behavior:

Few other animals have inspired so many myths and legends. Contrary to stories, wolves rarely attack humans, and there are no documented cases of a healthy wolf killing a human. In reality, wolves, like other predators, play an important role in keeping balance in the cycle of life. Wolves live in packs of up to 20 individuals. The pack hunts in a coordinated effort to bring down large game like moose or caribou. Contrary to popular belief, wolves to not howl at the moon, and their howling is not an expression of sadness. In fact, it appears that wolves sometimes howl for the pure joy of "making music" Howling is also a way to greet pack members, to establish territory and define their space for neighboring wolf packs.


Reproduction:

Wolves are sexually mature at two years old. Breeding occurs in late winter and after a gestation of 61 to 63 days, usually 4 to 7 blind and helpless pups are born in a den. After about a month, the pups emerge, to receive food and attention from the rest of the pack members. Wolves usually mate for life.


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Did YOU Know?
Though wolves almost never attack humans, they are considered one of the animal world's most fearsome natural villains.

Grey Wolf
Native Utah Animal
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Range
Class: mammal
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
Species: lupus
Length: Males 5 to 6 1/2 feet from nose to tip of tail; Females 4 1/2 to 6 feet from nose to tip of tail
Height: Most wolves stand 26 to 32 inches tall - a few 3 feet tall at the shoulders
Weight: On average - Males 90 to 95 pounds; Females 80 to 85 pounds
Length: Males 5 to 6 1/2 feet from nose to tip of tail; Females 4 1/2 to 6 feet from nose to tip of tail
Average Lifespan: 8
Wild Diet: Moose, deer, caribou, beaver, hares, rodents.
Predators: Man.
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed
Where at the Zoo? Small Animal Building: Outside Yard


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