Grey Wolf

Latin Name Canis lupus occidentalis
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Canidae
IUCN status Least concern globally but several regions e.g. WesternCentral Alps classified as “endangered”
Habitat Wolves can exist in most habitats if there is plenty of prey. They do not exist in rain-forests or real deserts
Distribution Remote areas of Canada, Alaska, Northern USA, Europe and Asia

General Information

Well-known for their family life and hierachy the dominant wolf is called an Alpha male and is pack leader to 12 to 15 animals and the Omega wolf being the most subservient member of the pack.

Known as keystone predators as they regulate herd animals by taking out the sick and weak animals.

Fun Fact

Their spine-tingling howl attracts the attention of the whole pack so keeping each other safe, alert and in contact.

A wolf’s sense of smell is 100 times better than a human’s and can smell other animals up to 1 mile away!

Keeper Notes

Our two males, Rocky and Chaser, and three females, Aspen, Cedar, and Idaho, are from the same litter born in June 2010 at Colchester Zoo. They are not part of a breeding programme as their bloodline has been bred very successfully in the UK.