The grey wolf is the largest member of the wild dog family. They are mainly grey or brown in colour, but their colouring, along with their size, can vary depending on their geographic location.
The grey wolf is a habitat generalist which means that they can occupy a wide range of habitats, including woodlands, forests, tundra, grasslands, steppe and even arid landscapes.
Geographically, they can be found throughout Europe, North America, Greenland and Asia, and were once the most widely ranging member of the dog family.
Grey wolves used to live in the wild in Ireland but unfortunately they went extinct due to habitat loss of their native forests. The last grey wolf sighting in Ireland was recorded in 1786.
On average 6 - 8 years in the wild, up to maximum of 16 years in human care.
Grey wolves are carnivorous and very opportunistic hunters who specialise in taking down vulnerable individuals of larger prey. They will generally eat what is available to them within their environment, which can include, but is not limited to, moose, reindeer, yak, bison, muskox and other medium to large ungulates. They will also hunt smaller mammals, such as rabbit, hare, badger and rodents. When conditions are difficult they have been known to eat lizards, snakes, frogs and even insects. They will subsititute their diet with fruit and vegetable matter, too.