Grey Wolf

The Grey Wolf, also known as the Timber Wolf or Western Wolf, is found throughout Eurasia and North America. Today it has been extirpated from much of its traditional range but is slowly making a comeback in many areas due to protective laws. There are 37 recognized subspecies.

Grey wolves are the largest members of the Canidae Family. Average body length is 105 – 160 cm (41 – 63 in) and a weight of 40 kg (90 lb.). The largest grey wolf ever recorded weighed 80 kg (180 lb.).

They are social animals living in packs of 5 – 11 members consisting of a mated pair and their adult offspring. They eat primarily large ungulates such as deer or moose but will take smaller animals as well.

Grey Wolf @ Safari Niagara

  • There are three grey wolves living at Safari Niagara
  • The two females are Maggie and Lune. The male is named Rain

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivera
Family: Canadae
Genus: Canus
Species: C. lupus

Did you know?

  • Wolves are highly territorial and mark their domains with urine and feces. The size of the territory is based on the food supply. The smallest territory ever recorded was a pack in Minnesota that controlled only 13 square kilometres. The largest territory was in Alaska and covered 6272 square kilometres (2422 square miles).
  • Individual animals become larger as you move north in their range. This is because larger animals are better able to withstand extremely cold temperatures.