Common name: Arctic Wolf
Scientific name: Canis lupus
At the zoo: Hunter (male, 4y), and sisters Ivory (female, 4y) and Lily (female, 4y)
Arctic Wolves are only found in the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada and Greenland.
Arctic Wolves are pack hunters, they hunt in a group and feed on muskox, caribou, moose, reindeer, Arctic hare and other small mammals.
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Arctic Wolves have white fur, short ears and short snouts to stay warm. They are pack animals, which means they live in groups with an alpha male and an alpha female. They fluff out their fur, perk up their ears, and hold up their tails to show their importance.
A subspecies of the Grey wolf, the Arctic wolf is not currently threatened by hunting and habitat destruction because of their isolation from humans. As a carnivore, they are an important part of the Arctic ecosystem, helping to control populations of deer and Arctic hares. Their thick white fur is an important adaptation that keeps them warm in winter and provides essential camouflage.
Wolves howl to warn of danger, help them find their way home, or to alert others of food. You can hear a wolf howl up to 9.7 km away.
Did you know that only alpha pairs mate and they eat first!