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Did you know that Wolves walks on their toe tips? Did you know that the scientific name for Wolf is Canis lupus? Do you know which specie is considered not endangered? Read our facts and interesting information and watch our facts video; enjoy learning about wolves the easy way!

Fun Fact 1: A wolf can be described as carnivorous mammal. They are members the family Canidae, which includes dogs, foxes, and coyotes

Fun Fact 2: Experts conflict on the number of true species of wolf. The Gray Wolf is considered to be true wolf as is the Red Wolf whereas other  species are debated as sub species these include; Eastern Timber, Indian, Himalayan, Alaskan, Prairie, Rocky Mountain, Arctic, Mexican and British Columbian

Fun Fact 3: Wolves are very intelligent animals; they have excellent hearing, eyesight and a keen sense of smell. The gray wolf is the largest specie an adult male can weigh approximately 44kg (97lb) and measure 76 cm (30 inches) to the shoulder in height

Fun Fact 4: Wolves can run up to 35 mph. But not over a length of time, their ability to run fast is used during hunting to catch prey

Fun Fact 5: Wolves are carnivorous mammals, which means they eat meat, depending on their location their diet will consist of; deer, bison, cattle, sheep, goats, hares, small mammals, rabbits, mice, birds and fish

Fun Fact 6: Wolves can be found in varied habitats throughout the planet, most live in woodlands, forests, in clearings or plains, they can also be found in jungles and in cold areas such as the arctic. Wolves do not like humans so they will not be found in colonized areas, and they don't inhabit hot locations such as the tropics

Fun Fact 7: Wolves live together in family group called a wolf pack. A wolf pack usually consists of Adult parents and their offspring. The size of a wolf pack varies depending on the season, specie and location, generally there are less than 10 members however some packs may reach 20 in size

Fun Fact 8: A male wolf is called a dog, a female is called a bitch and offspring are called pups. The pups are born in a den, usually a hole in the ground, cave or cave like structure. Four to six pups is usually born into each new litter

Fun Fact 9: So, what are the key differences between the gray wolf and red wolf species? Gray wolves are the biggest species, red wolves are mid-sized and coyotes (also known as brush wolf and prairie wolf) are the smallest specie. The coat of a Red Wolf is mainly brown and fawn in color, with some black along the back and on the tip of the tail. They are called Red wolves because they have red, cinnamon coloured patch of fur on the head when they are born; the color grows out as they mature

Fun Fact 10: Why do wolves howl? Wolves communicate with others by howling, they do this to locate the position of other members of the pack. A pack will often howl together before a hunt or to warn predators and other wolf packs to stay away

Fun Fact 11: The sound of a wolf howl will travel and can be heard up to a mile away

Fun Fact 12: The Wolf specie has been in existence for over 1.5 million years! But over time many of the species have become extinct, examples of extinct species include; Dire wolf, Tasmanian wolf, Japanese wolf and the Florida Black Wolf

Fun Fact 13: The Florida Black Wolf is an extinct species, the developing colonial settlers in the 1900s is considered to have considerably contributed to the Black Wolf demise

Fun Fact 14: The arctic wolf (also known as snow wolf or white wolf) lives in Alaska, the Arctic and Northern Greenland. As its habitat is isolated from humans it is the only subspecies that is classified as not threatened or endangered

Fun Fact 15: Some wolf species are considered Endangered. During the late 1800s more than a million wolves were killed as they were considered dangerous and a bounty (fee) paid for their destruction. In more recent years the numbers have improved, but the relationship between man and wolf is unsettled; the wolf is regarded as a threat to animal stock, and the need for land reduces the habitat for wolves. The more wolves reproduce, the more land and food they will require; like many other animals on the planet, the future of the species will depend on humankind to preserve and protect them

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