are believed to be two kinds of wolves: Greys and Reds.
Their scientific names are Canus lupus and Canus rufus.
Grey wolves come in a variety of “flavors,” such as timber,
artic, buffalo, tundra, and Mexican and “colors,” such as
gray, brown, tan, and black. They are found throughout the
world. But, Red Wolves are “pure” and are found only in
Red wolves, like all Canus species, are smart animals that live in social packs.
Quick facts about the redwolf
(adapted from Silverstein 1994):
-- About 41 inches (104 cm) long plus a 14-inch
(35.5 cm) tail. Height – about 25 inches (63.5 cm)
lbs (18-32 Kg)
tan or cinnamon-brown, streaked with black; some
coats have a gold or reddish tint; some are all
gray or black.
animals, such as raccoons, rabbits, squirrels,
muskrats, rats, fish, small deer, and insects and
mate for life; they breed in February or March of
their second year; after 63 days a litter of 2-6
pups is born.
mother leaves pups only to drink; the male brings
her food; both parents peek an eye on their young.
part of United States; now restricted to managed
wild colonies in North Carolina refuges and
breeding centers such as Tacoma, Washington
animals that live in family groups of parents,
children, and close relatives; they work together
as a team to raise the pups, hunt food, and defend
each other against enemies.
to 15 years or more in captivity; only about 6
years in the wild.