Copyright

Gray Wolf Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Michelle Madden
In this lesson, you will learn about the gray wolf, the largest of all canines. Discover how gray wolves live - including what they eat and how they communicate.

What Is a Gray Wolf?

Gray Wolf
Gray wolf

Fairy tales may make wolves seem like 'big, bad' creatures, but they aren't really. In fact, the wolf is a canine just like 'man's best friend,' the domestic dog, which is commonly kept as a pet by people.

The gray wolf is the largest of all canines. It is a land mammal that lives on several different continents including North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Adult males usually weigh between 70 - 145 pounds. Adult females weigh about 60 - 100 pounds. Because they often live in forests, they are also known as 'timber wolves.' However, wolves can live in many habitats, from grasslands to deserts. Some even live on Arctic tundra!

What Does a Gray Wolf Eat?

Gray wolves are predators which means they hunt other animals for food. They usually eat large, hoofed animals like deer, moose, bison, and elk, but they also eat smaller mammals such as rodents (like beavers and rabbits). Gray wolves are an important part of the ecosystem because they help to control the population of animals that they hunt. Although gray wolves are predators, they will sometimes behave as scavengers too, and will eat animals that have already died.

Live in a Pack or as a Lone Wolf?

Gray wolves usually belong to a pack, or a group of wolves that live together like a family. The pack usually has between 4 - 12 members and is led two adults - an alpha male and an alpha female. This pair is sort of like what we humans would call 'Dad' and 'Mom' in our human families. The male and female alpha dogs stay together for their entire lives and only make pups, or baby wolves, with each other. When gray wolves have pups, they raise them in the pack for at least 2 or 3 years, which is when the pups mature into adults.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create An Account
Support