Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Canidae
  Scientific Name : Canis Rufus

                      Size : 60 - 91cm (24 - 36in)
                 Weight : 25 - 40kg (55 - 88lbs)
           Top Speed : 75km/h (46mph)
            Life Span : 10 - 12 years

                Colour : Black, Brown,
                                Grey, White
           Skin Type : Fur
Special Features : Thick, warm fur and 
                                loud howling noise
  1. Wolves are believed to be around for the past 300,000 years since the Ice Age.
  2. They are the ancestors of the domestic dog, which were selectively bred to retain only their appealing qualities
  3. They are very adaptive animals inhabiting forests, deserts, mountains, tundras, grasslands and urban areas.
  4. They are found in Pure white, black and in all shades of brown and grey.
  5. The biggest wolves are found in Alaska (200lbs) and the smallest wolves are found in Iran (60lbs)
  6. On an average the wolf lives to be around 10 years old in wild and around 20 years in captivity.
  7. A wolf pack generally consists of an alpha male, his mate called the alpha female and their offsprings.
  8. Even if other wolves join the pack, the parents remain the leaders.
  9. Wolves are carnivores which usually hunt large animals, they hunt them in packs.
  10. They are known to be opportunists preferring a sick animal nearby to chasing a healthy one.
  11. Wolves, especially the ones inhabiting the Arctic circle have a thick layer of fur to keep them warm.
  12. Interestingly, wolves can successfully interbreed with dogs, redwolves, coyotes and jackals.
  13. Although none of these animals can interbreed with foxes as they are genetically very different.
  14. The offsprings born through interbreeding with wolves are fertile individuals as a result of incomplete speciation.
  15. Wolves mate in late winter and the cubs are born after 2 months in warmer weather.
  16. This way the cubs get enough time to gain strength to survive the next winter.
  17. Habitat loss and human hunting have made them an endangered species today

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