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Arctic wolf

Scientific Name: Canus lupus hudsonicus

Habitat: high arctic tundra

Diet: muskox, caribou, Arctic hares, lemmings, voles, ptarmigan

Life Span: 7–10 years (18 years in captivity)

Young: 2–3 young/litter (pups)

Size: 45–57 kg (99-125 lbs)

Arctic wolves are well adapted to survive subzero temperatures, up to five months of darkness and weeks without food. To blend in with their surroundings, they are usually white with gray or brown undertones.

They hunt in packs, but only 10% of hunting attempts are successful. Major kills are supplemented with smaller prey.

Permafrost prevents Arctic wolves from digging their own dens; natural outcroppings in the rock are used instead.


What is your zoo doing to help?

Polar Extremes: Arctic Shores habitat
Recreating an Arctic shoreline, this northern wonderland will be home to seals, sea lions, Arctic foxes and ground squirrels. This project will improve the quality of life for the seals and sea lion currently living at the zoo.

Learn more about this species:

These are some other websites that we think have more great information about this species.

Arctic wolf on Wikipedia



Range: Arctic tundra

Status in the Wild

Status: threatened

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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