There are many different sizes and colors of wolves around the world. Their colors range from white to gold, brown to red.
They are even bi-colored and tri-colored wolves.
But did you know that ALL of them belong to only one species of wolf?
Canis Lupus - the Gray Wolf.
Meet the Gray wolf in many of his forms, below:
These are all subspecies of the Gray wolf.
Quite a difference in their appearances!
There are even more subspecies, but they are extinct.
The Kenai Peninsula wolf
The Newfoundland wolf
Bank's Island Tundra Wolf
British Colombia wolf
Vancouver Island wolf
The Dire wolf is the first known wolf found in the fossil record. It was larger than today's wolf, and had a much stronger bite. Here's a size comparison:
Modern Gray wolf Dire wolf
And don't be fooled by animals that have 'wolf' in their name, but aren't really wolves. Like
The Aardwolf: (an insectivore related to hyenas)
The Maned wolf: (a wild dog of South America)
The Red wolf: (thought now to be a coyote/wolf hybrid)
And the Werewolf: (mythical half man/half wolf)
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