Wolves are very fascinating species. From their social system to their form of communication, there is so much to be learned about wolves. Two types of wolves in particular make for a fascinating study; the Gray Wolf and the Red Wolf.
Gray Wolves are large wolves; in fact, they are the largest of all North American wild dogs. Their fur is mostly gray with bits of black—hence their name—and they have long legs and large, fluffy tails. They can be four-and-a-half to six-and-a-half feet long and typically weigh about 60 to 130 pounds. Gray Wolves live in tundras and forests in Alaska and Canada.
These mammals are very social and live in packs that are run by an Alpha male. These packs work together to hunt for large game as well as some smaller prey. Gray wolves tend to have one mate for their whole lives.
In contrast, Red Wolves are medium-sized; while they are smaller than Gray Wolves, but larger than many other wild dogs. They are gray or tawny with black and red mixed in. They are four-and-a-half to five-and-a-half feet long, and weigh from 40 to 80 pounds. They live in prairies, forests, coastlines, and swamps.
Despite being different species, Red and Gray Wolves are among the largest wild dogs, and they both have gray and black in their fur. Also, they both can have similar heights. They are both very social creatures, and hunt in packs. Additionally, these mammals are similar in height.
Ultimately, both species are vital parts of their habitats. Unfortunately, both are also threatened by human activity. Only time will tell if the human and the wolf will learn to co-exist with one another.
North American Animals