- Endangered Species ~ The Wolf
- Only two species
of wolves remain today--the gray, or timber, wolf (Canes lupus),
largest member of the dog family, and the red wolf (Canes Rufus).
Because of human persecution and habitat destruction, the gray
wolf, once among the most widespread mammals outside the tropics,
is now found in substantial numbers only in a few regions in
Europe, Asia, and North America. The pure red wolf is thought
to be virtually extinct in the wild as a result of hybridization
with migrating coyotes.
- Both species resemble shepherd dogs, though their heads and
muzzles are broader and their tails shorter and bushier. The
gray wolf has a coat usually of gray to tawny-buff. It grows
up to 32 inches high at the shoulder and weighs up to 175 pounds
. The red wolf is smaller--about 66 pounds --and has a cinnamon
or tawny coat with gray and black highlights.
- Both species are in dire need of your help!
- Please visit the sites below to find out how you
can help save the Wolf.