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Arctic wolf

Scientific name:  Canis lupus occidentalis
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  Europe
Habitat:  Tundra
Diet:  Carnívoro
Weight:  63 - 78 kg
Size:  1 a 2 m
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Meet the Arctic wolf!

Tundras and polar regions are home to the Arctic wolf, a mammal related to jackals, foxes, the Australian dingo and our domestic dog, although it is said that the Arctic wolf is most similar to the Siberian husky.

It has a long white coat with grayish tones on the back.

Its range is across Greenland and the arctic islands of Canada.

What are its habits?

The Arctic Wolf covers vast territories to find food, and marks its territory with howls and scent marks.

The social structure of the pack is strongly hierarchical and led by a pair called the alpha male and alpha female, who are usually the only ones to procreate. The alpha pair also make decisions about group activities: hunting, which individual eats first, who is allowed to breed, etc.

The mother gives birth to two or three young in late May or early June, after a gestation period of approximately 63 days. Pups stay with their mother until they are two years old.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


Gray wolf populations have recovered somewhat in recent years, although they remain threatened. Hunting, loss of habitat, abuse, poisoning or lack of prey are the causes. His relatives like the Iberian wolf face similar problems.

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