The Wolf is one of the most persecuted mammals on Earth. Here are 10 places to visit wolf sanctuaries and reserves protecting them.

Mexican Gray wolf: wolf sanctuaries and reserves

A Mexican Gray Wolf. A Captive Breeding Program Saved These Wolves From Extinction.

Wolves have been persecuted by humans for centuries now, there’s no doubt about it. In fact, many species of wolf actually no longer exist. For instance, wolves like Japanese wolf and the dire wolf were once abundant in their native territories but that’s no longer the case.

Certainly the only place you can see them now is in museums and the history books.

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The Mexican Wolf is another species that would have gone extinct by now if not for a quick intervention.

A Mexican Wolf in the captive breeding enclosure

A Captive Mexican Wolf. Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico

The Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi), also commonly known as El Lobo, is the most genetically distinct ancestry of wolves found in the western hemisphere. It’s a subspecies of the gray wolf and the smallest in size of gray wolf types.

It stands 24 to 33 inches tall and has a dark colored coat of gray, brown and black thick fur with various facial patterns.

Mexican Wolf Habitat And Behavior

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Wolves and wolverines are both powerful predators. Here’s what happens in wolves versus wolverines clashes.

wolves versus wolverines

Wolves Versus Wolverines: Analysis Of Two Land Predators

Both wolves and wolverines are two species with similar characteristics. In fact, because of their similarities, wolverines were previously thought as belonging in the wolf family. But that’s wrong.

They actually belong in the weasel family.

These two categories of animals are known to be fierce and powerful predators. But how do they compare against each other? Let’s find out.

Wolf Facts

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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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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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Here are 7 extinct wolf species and though some survived fearsome contenders like the saber-tooth tiger, none of them could contend with humans.

Stuffed Specimen of the Newfoundland Wolf: Extinct wolf species

Stuffed And Displayed Specimen Of The Newfoundland Wolf (Author: George Ian Bowles cc 2.0)

Worldwide, there are four species of wolves roaming in the wild today: the gray wolf (Canis lupus), the red wolf (Canis rufus), the Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis), and the more recently ‘added’ African Golden wolf (Canis anthus).

In addition, there are several other subspecies scattered across almost every continent on Earth.

But did you know that there used to be many more wolf species/subspecies on Earth?

In fact, if you think today’s wolves are fierce, you need to read about some of their ancestors that were larger, fiercer, and probably even faster than modern day wolves.

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In this brief history of wolves and dogs, we look at the relationship between humans, wolves and dogs over the years.

Wolf-dog hybrid

Llop Is A Wolf-Dog Hybrid in Lobo Park, Antequerra, Spain (Author: Mariomassone cc by s.a. 3.0)

The staggering differences between the still-growing list of dog breeds are the effects of thousands of years of interbreeding to create over 150 distinct breeds. Charles Darwin thought that dogs were domesticated from many different types of wild dogs, but according to modern science, he was wrong.

Rather, DNA analysis on wolves and dogs indicate that dogs are direct descendants of the gray wolf.

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Wolves of any species continue to fascinate us. Here are 10 facts about wolves you probably didn’t know.

A Black Wolf: 10 Facts about wolves

A Black Wolf.

Despite wide-scale and almost worldwide persecution of this animal, the wolf continues to thrive. 

Possibly there are few other land animals that fascinate yet terrify people as much as this creature.

Wolves have simply refused to be put down.

Though they were the first animals humans domesticated, there’s still so much we don’t know about them. Or, we just tend to forget.

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Though wolves have been relentlessly executed all over the world for centuries now, the tide may be turning. Here are some places where you can see wolves in the wild worldwide.

White wolf: Places to See Wolves In the wild

Wolves Are Making A Gradual Return With Increased Protection By Governments Worldwide.

Wolves were hunted to near extinction in many parts of the world. Or, they were pushed out of their natural habitats into the most remote places imaginable by human activities.

Today, though you can find scattered populations in the world in many countries on earth, the largest concentrations of wolves still remain the northern regions of Alaska, Canada and Russia.

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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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