Polar wolf

Canis lupus arctos

Arctic wolves are easy to tell apart from other wolves due to their striking, almost completely snow-white winter fur. They live in the icy north of North America and on Greenland and are perfectly adapted to the local environment.

Strong together

Up to 30 animals form a pack and thus significantly larger preys can be overwhelmed. Polar wolves have the strongest cohesion of all wolf species. Individual wolves in the Arctic would have no chance of survival.


  • Origin

    Arctic North America north of Hudson Bay

  • Habitat

    where the ice thaws in the summer and enough plants feed their preys

  • Diet

    Especially musk oxen, caribous and mountain hares fill the "refrigerator" of polar wolves.

  • Status

    No exact inventory data available

  • Size

    About 90 to 150 cm from head to tail tip

  • Weight

    50 - 80 kg

  • Gestation period

    2 to 3 months

  • Achievable age

    up to 8 years in the wild, up to 10 years in human care

Threat Categories of IUCN

Perfectly insulated

With up to 6,500 hairs per cm, a very thick coat protects him from icy temperatures. Even the paws are covered with fur.

Climate protection

Legs and snout are significantly shorter than those of other wolf species, the ears are small and round. Thus, the cold has less "attack surface".

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Today, 18. January
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