Are wolves your favorite animal? At Great Wolf Lodge we like all kinds of wolves! Did you know we have two wolves that families have come to love within our Great Wolf Kids? Wiley the Wolf and Violet! From Arctic wolves to Tundra wolves to Iberian wolves and more, wolves are fast and smart and extremely social. Here are some top 10 wolf facts for kids.
- 1. Did you know that wolves howl to communicate with each other? They can communicate warnings about predators and give information about a wolf’s location and the location of prey.
2. Even though wolves and dogs share a common ancestor and many characteristics, they are classified as different animals because of different evolutionary paths. Wolves are known as canis lupus.
3. Wiley the Wolf likes spotting wildlife with his binoculars and capturing memories in his adventure book. You can color a fun picture of Wiley here!
4. Wolves live and hunt in packs of 6-10 animals. They roam large distances, often 12 miles in a single day, and hunt within a territory of 50 square miles to 1,000 square miles.
5. Wolves prey on deer, elk, bison, mountain goats and moose. Wolves also eat rabbits, beavers, birds, fish, lizards, snakes, and fruit. A single wolf can eat 20 pounds of meat in 1 sitting! Wolves can go for more than a week without eating.
6. Wolf packs are established according to a hierarchy, with a dominant male at the top. The wolf pack structure changes over time, sometimes seasonally.
7. Violet the Wolf’s favorite thing to do is have tea time and she makes delicious Caramel Apples with this special recipe!
8. Wolf fur is typically gray but can also be black or white and the average foot size of a wolf is 4 inches wide by 5 inches long.
9. A wolf has 42 teeth, is 4.5-6.5 feet in length, and weighs between 60-110 pounds.
10. Wolves travel at an average speed of 5 miles per hour when traveling for long distances and can sprint 36-38 miles per hour for shorter distances.
Which wolf fact surprised you the most? Was it the wolf howl or maybe the wolf pack size? These are just some of the many interesting facts about wolves. You can learn more fun wolf facts here. Howls!