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Gray wolf

Canis lupus

Sleek white coats. Powerful muscles. Our gray wolves are always curious, often on the move. Come meet them.

gray wolf in branch frame
Wolf siblings
Roaming their habitat.

Our gray wolves are siblings, born April 22, 2013 at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo in Maryland. They came to live here later that year. Sisters Tala and Darci don’t interact well, so they alternate sharing the outside habitat with brother Canagan.

gray wolves
Like their red wolf cousins.

America is home to two species of wolf, both of which are endangered. Gray wolves are hunted, but are critical to balanced ecosystems. Red wolves have been brought back from the brink of extinction – but only just. Read the story for more.

Meet our Wolves
One name
Many colors.

Despite the name, the gray wolf’s coat can range from almost pure white to black.

They range over forest and tundra in Northern U.S. and Alaska, Europe and Asia.

A complex society
And wary of humans.

Wolves live and hunt in a pack that is structured socially in class layers, with an alpha male and female at the top.

Wolves are endangered in the U.S. They’re naturally wary of humans and prefer to flee or avoid them if possible.

So much to say
In so many ways.

Wolves communicate visually in sophisticated ways, using body posture, facial expressions and tail positions.

Audible communication is the howl, which bonds the pack, helps them reassemble and is sometimes just for play.