Gray wolf

Gray wolf Introduction

The wolf, also known as the Gray wolf or Grey wolf, is a large canine native to Eurasia and North America. The Gray wolf is a highly adaptive animal found in all kinds of terrain. Wolves inhabit forests, deserts, mountains, tundra’s, grasslands and even urban areas with the wolf being a particularly dominant and ruthless predator within it’s environment. They vary in colour from pure white to pure black and every shade of brown and Gray in-between. At one time the wolf had the widest distribution of any mammal. The biggest wolves on earth live in Alaska and average 125-135 lb. One specimen was taken that weighed 200 lb. The smallest wolves live in Iran and average about 60 lb. Wolves are legendary because of their spine-tingling howl, which they use to communicate. A lone wolf howls to attract the attention of his pack, while communal howls may send territorial messages from one pack to another. Some howls are confrontational. Much like barking domestic dogs, wolves may simply begin howling because a nearby wolf has already begun.

Keywords to learn

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Key Data

  • Order:
  • Lifespan:
    6 to 8 years.
  • Class:
  • Scientific Name:
    Canis lupus.
  • Mass:
    40 to 175 pounds.
  • Length:
    Head and body: 36 to 63 inches; tail: 13 to 20 inch.
  • Region found:
    Eurasia and North America.
  • Population Status:
    Least concern.
  • Current population trend:
  • Diet:
  • Sexual maturity:
    2 years.


As you have just learned, the Gray wolf is a fantastic that humans have a very, very long history with, some good and some bad. This beautiful is appreciated all of the world as a symbol of beauty, fertility and bravery.


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Gray wolf Fun Facts for Kids

  • # 1. Wolves are the largest members of the dog family.
  • # 2.  It’s believed that human first tamed wolves in South Asia some 15,000 years ago.  
  • # 3. Though they almost never attack humans, wolves are considered one of the animal world’s most fearsome natural villains. They do attack domestic animals, and countless wolves have been shot, trapped, and poisoned because of this tendency.
  • # 4. In the lower 48 states, gray wolves were hunted to near extinction, though some populations survived and others have since been reintroduced. Few gray wolves survive in Europe, though many live in Alaska, Canada, and Asia.
  • # 5. These social animals cooperate on their preferred prey—large animals such as deer, elk, and moose. When they are successful, wolves do not eat in moderation. A single animal can consume 20 pounds of meat at a sitting. Wolves also eat smaller mammals, birds, and fruit.

Q&A Corner

# 1.  What was the biggest recorded weight of a wolf?


# 2. What is the average length of the wolf’s tail?


# 3. What is the population status of the wolf?


# 4. When did the first people tame wolves?


# 5.  Name three things wolves love to eat?


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