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Gray Wolf

Canis lupus

Appearance: Gray wolves are large canines with a wide variety of colors mixing gray, white, and brown.  They are powerful animals designed for chasing large prey with jaws that are very strong with teeth built for cutting through meat and bone.

Behavior: Gray wolves are highly social animals and they develop strong bonds within their pack.  Members of the pack communicate with each  other using a variety of sounds, body postures, facial expressions, and scent marking.

Range: Gray wolves used to be widespread across North America but were hunted out of their original territory. They have long been feared and hated partly due to their occasional attacks on livestock, but mostly due to misunderstanding predatory animals.  Gray wolves have been shot, trapped, and poisoned to the extent that they are no longer found in most of their natural range. Federal and state eradication led to the almost complete extinction of gray wolves, but according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, they have made a successful recovery due to conservation efforts.  They now have stable populations in the Rocky Mountains, Western Great Lakes, and areas of the South West.

Diet: They feed on a variety of different prey including elk, moose, deer, rodents, and rabbits. They possess excellent senses of sight, smell, and hearing. Their sense of smell is about 100 times better than ours allowing them to detect prey from miles away.    

Nova & Wayah

Novah the Gray Wolf

Wayah the Gray Wolf

Date of Birth: April 16, 2014

Nova (top) and Wayah (bottom) were born in a wildlife facility in Montana and came to the WNC Nature Center in June 2014.

Meet our other animals

American Black Bear

American Black Bear

Generally shy and reclusive animals, black bears avoid human contact and are not normally aggressive. Two black bears, Uno and Ursa, live at the Nature Center.

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American Pygmy Goat

American Pygmy Goat

Similar to the Nigerian dwarf goat, the American pygmy is a small goat that only reaches 1-2 feet in height. They vary widely in coloration including white, tan, caramel, gray, and black.

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Red Wolf Karma

American Red Wolf

Red wolves are highly endangered species that has been eliminated from almost all of its natural range. Our breeding pair of red wolves, Oak and Gloria, are part of the AZA Species Survival Plan.

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