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Oct
25
2017

The Eastern Wolf has one of the most widely contested classification among wolf species.

Eastern Wolf

An Eastern Wolf (Photo: Parks Canada)

The Eastern Wolf is an animal native to the northeastern part of North America’s Great Lakes region.

This wolf belongs to the same species as the Red Wolf (Canis Rufus), with both animals being smaller in size than the Gray Wolf.

As a matter of fact, many people seeing the eastern wolf for the first time are often surprised at its small size. And unlike gray wolves, eastern wolves have never been recorded with an all-black or all-white fur. Rather, their fur is a mix of reddish-brown, grizzled gray-brown, and

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Oct
05
2017

The Indian Wolf has one of the worst records regarding human attacks and fatalities 

An Indian Wolf At Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Pune - Maharashtra, India

An Indian Wolf At Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Pune – Maharashtra, India (Photo: Rudraksha Chodankar/Wikimedia Commons cc by-s.a. 4.0)

The Indian Wolf is currently classified as a subspecies of the Gray Wolf though there are proposals to recognize it as a distinct species on its own.

This wolf is a much smaller species than the gray wolf: it’s actually somewhere in-between the Tibetan and Arabian wolf in size. It’s native to the Indian Subcontinent. Because of the warm climate in which it lives, its fur is much shorter and thinner than other wolf species. Also, its reddish/brown coat often causes people to mistake it for a fox.

Black colored individuals are very rare but a few have been sighted in India’s Solapur

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Aug
16
2017

Though the Caspian Sea Wolf or Steppe Wolf is steadily declining in number, it’s still open to bounty hunting.

Caspian Sea Wolf

Caspian Sea Wolf (Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons cc by-s.a. 3.0)

The Caspian Sea Wolf, or Steppe Wolf, is an endangered subspecies of the gray wolf. This animal was once found throughout the area between the Caspian and Black seas but is now seriously restricted to a few scattered packs around the Caspian Sea.

Like other Eurasian wolves, these are highly social animals. However, the steady and unchecked decline in their numbers and territory means they now form smaller packs than their kind in North America.

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Jul
27
2017

The Arctic Wolf may look like a creature from a fantasy tale: but it’s not. This animal is real, but threatened by climate change.

An Arctic Wolf Pack

An Arctic Wolf Pack.

The arctic wolf is a subspecies of gray wolf that’s native to parts of Northern Canada and Greenland.

They are generally smaller in size and whiter in color than their close look-alike: the northwestern wolf. These are very versatile creatures that are able to withstand most of the year in below zero temperatures.

The Arctic wolf hunts lemmings, rodents, and Arctic hares, though it can take bigger prey like caribou when available.

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Jun
29
2017

Meet the African Golden Wolf, the latest ‘new’ wolf species discovered in the last 150 years.

African Golden Wolf

Senegalese Subspecies Near Kheune, Senegal. The Resemblance To The Eurasian Jackal Is Striking. (Author: Cécile Bloch, cc 3.0)

The African Golden Wolf goes by many names depending on its geographic location. Its scientific name Canis Anthus translates to “bird dog.”

This animal was classified as a variant of the Eurasian jackal all these years until a recent study by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute identified it as a true wolf. The mistake is understandable; it bears an almost indistinguishable similarity with the jackal. However, it’s slightly larger in size than the jackal.

Nevertheless, it’s still close enough to the jackal to successfully cross-breed with it.

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Jun
23
2017

You could describe the red wolf as a trimmer version of its cousin, the gray wolf. This wolf was saved from extinction in the nick of time.

 Red Wolf at Chehaw Park, Albany GA, USA

Adult Red Wolf At Chehaw Park, Albany GA, USA (Author: Tim Ross/Wiki Media, PD)

The red wolf is a native wolf of the eastern United States and one of most endangered canids alive today.

It’s characterized by its slimmer, trimmer build when compared to the larger gray wolf and its reddish/tawny color. Actually, it looks somewhat like a combination of a coyote and a gray wolf. Or, like a German Shepherd with a reddish tint.

These wolves are shy, secretive and typically hunt alone or in small packs. Also, they tend to be monogamous for life.

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Jun
08
2017

Meet Africa’s most endangered canine, the Ethiopian wolf.

The Ethiopian Wolf

The Ethiopian Wolf Is The Most Endangered Wolf Species Today (Author: Stuart Orford cc by-s.a. 2.0)

The Ethiopian wolf is native to the Ethiopian Highlands and is remarkably similar to the North American coyote in appearance, size, and build. This is a highly specialized wolf because unlike other canids (members of the dog family), it has a specific diet and habitat in which it thrives. It is one of five Canis species living in Africa.

They have a more slender build than the more popular gray wolf, its closest relative. This species has a bushy and relatively long tail, pointed ears, slender elongated snout, and long slim legs. They are easily mistaken for foxes and jackals.

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May
30
2017

People have been fascinated with, and yet, afraid of the gray wolf for centuries now. Here are the facts about the largest wolf breed on earth, the gray wolf.

Closeup of the gray wolf

Closeup Of The Gray Wolf.

The gray wolf (or grey wolf) is a native animal of the wilderness and some remote areas of Eurasia and North America.

It’s the largest and most well-known wolf species to humans easily distinguished from other wolves by its sheer size and less pointed ears and muzzle.

 Though called gray wolf, their fur varies in color from mottled gray, pure white, red, brown, and even black.

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