A single wolf can travel up to 200km in 24 hours. Let's learn about Wolves this Wolf Day.
Gray 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. Gray wolves look somewhat like a large German shepherd. Wolves vary in size depending on where they live.
The gray wolf plays a vital role in the health and proper functioning of ecosystems. Wolves live and hunt in packs of around six to ten animals. They can roam large distances up to 20km in a single day. A single animal can consume 20 pounds of meat at a time. Wolves also eat smaller mammals, birds, fish, lizards, snakes, and fruits.
Interesting Facts about Wolves:
- Wolves communicate through their body language, scent marking, barking, growling, and howling.
- Wolves live in packs.
- Wolves live 8 to 13 years in the wild. In captivity, they can live for more than 15 years.
- Gray wolves are the largest living wild canine species.
- Wolves are the wild ancestor of all our domesticated dogs.
- Wolf packs usually hunt within a territory, which can range from 50 square miles (129 square kilometers) to over 1,000 square miles (2,590 square kilometers).
- Wolves travel five miles (8 kilometers) per hour, but they can reach speeds up to 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour.