IBERIAN WOLF

(Canis lupus signatus)

IBERIAN WOLF

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The wolf is the largest extant species of mammals living today. In the past, it could be found all over the northern hemisphere being able to adapt successfully to the most different living conditions. 
The Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus) is a subspecies of the gray wolf. It lives in northern Portugal and Spain.

CHARACTERISTICS
Wolves are slender, powerfully built animals with a body length of approximately 1,5 m and a tail length of 0,8 m. Its weight varies usually between 30 and 50 kg., sometimes exceeding 70 kg.

BEHAVIOR
The physical performances of wolves are at least impressive. In search of food they can travel
over 100 km in one night. The running speed of the wolf can excess 60km/hour. Its senses are
extraordinary. Its smell, hearing and seeing are very fine, so the wolf can hunt very well at night.

DIET
Alimentation and dentition are typical to a carnivore. Although it is omnivore in need, being able to survive only with fruits and other vegetables (eating even the bark of a tree), the wolf favors meat.  It behaves both like a hunter and a scavenger.

REPRODUCTION
The mating takes place between February-March. The male stays with the female to raise their pups together. Then, the wolves (together with the young ones too) gather in packs which can mix during severe winters. After a gestation of 62-63 days, the female wolf gives birth to 4-6 pups. The pups are blind for about two weeks and are breastfed for 6 weeks.

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CoMMENTS

Raluca @ 22/08/2016, 12:24
Exista un lup care nu mai are par deloc din cauza raiei, cel mai probabil. Va rog sa faceti ceva in aceasta privinta!
Hannah Howe @ 29/01/2014, 16:27
Hello,
I am currently working on an assignment for my university course.
I am looking into Iberian Wolf collections.
I would be very grateful if you could provide me with any information regarding your collection.
How many individuals do you have?
What are they fed? How often?
Also more about their enclosure.
Thank you very much for you time
H.Howe
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