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Wolf

Introduction

Head-Body Length:1-1.4 m
Height:66-81 cm
Weight:12-80 kg
Identification:The common wolf has short dark fur.
Habitat:Forests
Diet:Carnivore: deer, caribou, horses, mice, fish, crabs
Reproduction:Only the dominant pair of the pack is allowed to breed. They form a lifelong pair bond. Mating takes place in late winter. After a gestation period of 63 days, the whole pack will help care for the 3-8 pups from birth.
Wolves are very sociable, forming packs with a strict hierarchy. The size of the pack depends on the availability of food.
Behavior:Wolves move extensively and usually do so at night; diurnal activity may increase in colder weather.
Status:Vulnerable: human hunting, habitat destruction
Interesting Facts:As a subspecies of the gray wolf, the common wolf is an ancestor of domestic dogs. By living in packs, wolves are able to hunt larger animals

Geographic:Eastern Europe to Western Asia Date:1974-07 Subjects: Wolves
Canis
Canidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals

KEY FACTS

Name Common wolf
Other Name Canis lupus
Origin Eastern Europe to Western Asia
Size 1-1.4 m
Litter Size 3-8 pups
Life span 7-8 years in the wild and in captivity up to 17 years
Reproduction Only the dominant pair of the pack is allowed to breed. They form a lifelong pair bond. Mating takes place in late winter. After a gestation period of 63 days, the whole pack will help care for the 3-8 pups from birth
Height 66-81 cm
Weight 12-80 kg
Colors The gray wolf can actually range in color from pure white to solid black, but the most common shade is a tawny brown in which the wolf's guard hairs are banded with black, white, gold and brown

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scientific classification

Kingdom – Animalia
Phylum – Chordata
Class – Mammalia
Order – Carnivora
Family – Canidae
Genus – Canis
Genus Species – Canis lupus

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