Gray Wolf

Our Resident 

Blue is six years old. 

Creature Features

Description                                                                                                                                                                                          Wolves are canines with long bushy tails that are often black-tipped. Their coat color is typically a mix of gray and brown with buffy facial markings and undersides, but the color can vary from solid white to brown or black.

Diet                                                                                                                                                                                                     Wolves are carnivores – they prefer to eat large hoofed mammals such as deer, elk, bison and moose. They also hunt smaller mammals such as beavers, rodents and hares.

Reproduction                                                                                                                                                                                       Mating occurs between February and April. The young are usually born in a den consisting of a natural hole or a burrow, often in a hillside. All members of the pack care solicitously for the young. After being weaned from their mother’s milk at six to nine weeks, they are fed a diet of regurgitated meat.

Fun Facts

  • Other Names: Timer Wolf
  •  Groups are called packs
  •  Scientific Name: Canis lupus
  • Conservation Status: Least concern
  • Lifespan: 6 to 8 years
  • Body Length: Head and Body- 36 to 63 inches Tail- 13 to 20 inches
  • Weight: 40 to 175 pounds
  •  Gestation: 2 months
  •  Number of Young: 5 to 6 pups
  • Habitat: Forest, Mountain, Grassland, Arctic
  • Distribution: Northern hemisphere spanning from the Artic toward South America and Southern Asia.

Did You Know? 

A wolf can run at a speed of 40 mph during a chase. Wolves have long legs and spend most of their time trotting at a speed of 7 to 10 mph. They can keep up a reasonable pace for hours and have been known to cover distances of 55 miles in one night. Wolves can swim distances of up to 18 miles aided by small webs between their toes.