Matthew Burns

9 facts you didn’t know about Wolves

Known as highly intelligent pack animals, wolves are extremely social animals that develop very close social bonds with family members and their pack. An image far removed from the big, bad wolves of fairy tales!

🐾 Wolves would make great basketball players – but grow much faster!
While the average length of female wolves is 1.4 to 1.8 metres from nose to tail, males can grow up to nearly 2 metres in length.

🐾 Wolves are extraordinary sprinters (and marathon runners!)
Wolves can reach speeds of 38 miles per hour over short distances. As well as their speed, wolves have also been known to trace and track prey for hours, covering over 50 miles in one night.

🐾 What do wolves and fish have in common?
Wolves can swim up to 8 miles, thanks to the small webs between their toes.

🐾 Average life of a wolf?
Most wolves are estimated to live up to 13 years old

🐾 The legendary “Werewolf” howl
Wolves are legendary for their spine-tingling howl, which they use to communicate. A lone wolf howls to attract the attention of his pack, while communal howls send territorial messages from one pack to another.

🐾 Wolves are devoted ‘family’ animals
A male and female that mate usually stay together for life. They are devoted parents and maintain sophisticated family ties.

🐾 Wolves typically enjoy living in…
Wolves can be found in different habitats all over the world, but they are most commonly found in the United States, Canada and Arctic Russia. Wolves are popular in forests, but they can also live in grasslands, deserts, the arctic and mountains.

🐾 Wolves are generally shy animals
Wolves are extremely timid and shy; they don’t chase of hunt people and tend to want to get away from humans as soon as they catch our scent

🐾 Wolves have an excellent sense of smell and hearing
While there is no arguing that wolves have superior vision, it is not all that great for long distance tracking, but that is what their noses and ears for.

9 Facts about Wolves Infographic
9 Facts about Wolves Infographic

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